First American edition of the first English translation of L'ETRANGER, and the first to use the English title THE STRANGER.
Near fine in near fine jacket.
"Mother died today. Or, maybe, yesterday; I can't be sure."
First published in 1942 in French, the existentialist classic has an opening line for which the translation has been debated and variously rendered in English for more than sixty years. The English publisher, Hamish Hamilton, insisted on the alternate title THE OUTSIDER; Knopf held to the more ambiguous THE STRANGER for this disquieting philosophical novel narrated by a man who appears to feel no particular empathy and hold to no particular principles. In the hours before his appointment with the guillotine, the murderer Meursault achieves the only consolation available to him: convinced of the meaninglessness of all judgment and the essential rightness of his own being, he opens his heart to "the benign indifference of the universe."
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1946. 7.25'' x 4.75''. Original beige cloth with red spine lettering. In original unclipped ($2.00) pictorial dust jacket. Red topstain. Book and jacket designed by Warren Chappell. , 154,  pages. Light scuffing to jacket folds and spine tips; minor shelfsoil to rear panel. Book with minor bumping to extremities, small spot to lower margins of two pages.
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