4. On the second version of The Plague, 1942-1944

The influence of exile, separation, and occupation, on the plague symbol


The first major turning point in the composition of The Plague came in late 1942. In August, Camus and Francine left Algeria to visit regional France, staying at the small hamlet of Le Panelier, near Chambon-sur-Lignon, about 40 miles from Saint-Etienne. In October, Francine returned to Oran, to resume her teaching, while the plan was for Camus to fol…

This post is for paid subscribers