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Lottman: Albert Camus - A Biography
Herbert R. Lottman:
Albert Camus
A Biography
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When Albert Camus died in a car crash in January 1960 he was only 46 years old — already a winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature and a world figure — author of the enigmatic The Stranger, the fable called The Plague, but also of the combative The Rebel — which attacked the ‘politically correct’ among his con-temporaries.
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Thanks to his early literary achievement, his work for the under-ground newspaper Combat and his editorship of that daily in its Post-Liberation incarnation, Camus’ voice seemed the conscience of postwar France. But it was a very personal voice that rejected the conventional wisdom, rejected ideologies that called for killing in the cause of justice. His call for personal responsibility will seem equally applicable today, when Camus’ voice is silent and has not been replaced. The secrecy which surrounded Algerian-born Camus’ own life, public and private — a function of illness and psychological self-defense in a Paris in which he still felt himself a stranger — seemed to make the biographer’s job impossible.

Lottman’s Albert Camus was the first and remains the definitive biography — even in France. On publication it was hailed by New York Times reviewer John Leonard: “What emerges from Mr. Lottman’s tireless devotions is a portrait of the artist, the outsider, the humanist and skeptic, that breaks the heart.” In The New York Times Book Review British critic John Sturrock said: “Herbert Lottman’s life (of Camus) is the first to be written, either in French or English, and it is exhaustive, a labor of love and of wonderful industry.” When the book appeared in London Christopher Hitchens in New Statesman told British readers: “Lottman has written a brilliant and absorbing book... The detail and the care are extra-ordinary... Now at last we have a clear voice about the importance of liberty and the importance of being concrete.”

The new edition by Gingko Press includes a specially written preface by the author revealing the challenges of a biographer, of some of the problems that had to be dealt with while writing the book and after it appeared.

848 pages, Paperback, 6'' x 8 1/2'' (215 x 155 mm)
31 duotone illustrations, English
ISBN-13: 978-3-927258-06-8  
ISBN-10: 3-927258-06-7      $ 24.95
About the Author:
Herbert R. Lottman
Herbert R. Lottman
New Yorker by birth, Herbert Lottman first went to France as a Fulbright scholar (at the time he recognized Albert Camus sitting at a sidewalk cafe, the Flore at Saint Germain-des-Près, but was too shy to approach him). Returning to France to settle there, Lottman ran the European office of an American publisher, con­trib­ut­ing articles and reviews to American pe­riod­icals including Harper's, Saturday Review, the New York Times and the New York Times Book Review. Later, he joined the staff of Publishers Weekly, the Amer­ic­an book trade journal, as international correspondent.
In a second career Lottman wrote this first and still the definitive biography of Albert Camus, as well as biographies of other famous (but famously undoc­u­mented) French figures ranging from Flaubert and Colette to Philippe Pétain and the Roth­schilds. He is also the author of The Left Bank: Writers, Artists and Politics from the Popular Front to the Cold War and The Fall of Paris: June 1940.
The French Cultural Ministry re­cently promoted Herbert Lottman to the rank of Officer in the National Order of Arts and Letters.
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Herbert R. Lottman: Albert Camus in New York
Herbert R. Lottman:
Albert Camus in New York
"If it had not actually taken place I should have been tempted, when writing a bio­graphy of Albert Camus, to invent his visit to my birthplace city" says Lottman. more...

Albert Camus – A Biography Forthcoming
Herbert R. Lottman:
Oscar Wilde in Paris
In his last years in London Wilde’s behavior can only be described as reckless. It was as if he were asking to be caught, and eventually he was caught... more...
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