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This Happened—January 4: Albert Camus Dies

Novelist and philosopher Albert Camus dies in a car crash on this day in 1960.

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Who was Albert Camus?

Albert Camus was a French philosopher, journalist and novelist, best known for his novels The Stranger (1942), The Plague (1947), and The Fall (1956). He won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1957 at the age of 44, the second ever youngest recipient.

What is one of Albert Camus’s most famous quotes?

“The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.”

How did Albert Camus die?

Camus died in a car accident at the age of 46 in northern France. He had just won the Nobel Prize for Literature three years previously.

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