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The Stranger Lesson Plan

About the Author

Albert Camus was born on November 7, 1913, in Mondovi, Algeria. His French parents had settled in this North African French colony in 1871. Albert's father was self-educated and a laborer. He was killed fighting for France in World War I. Albert's mother was an illiterate woman with Spanish roots who worked as a cleaner. After her husband’s death, she moved her sons, Lucien and Albert, into her mother's apartment in a working-class neighborhood of Algiers. French-Algerian schools were excellent, and Camus did extremely well in his studies. He so revered Louis Germain, a devoted teacher who helped him win a scholarship to a prestigious high school (or lycée), that Camus dedicated his...

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