Albert Camus’ The Plague: Conversations with Bill VanderWolk

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Welcome to Distance Learning at Midcoast Senior College. This digital course is on Albert Camus’ novel The Plague and features recorded conversations with former professor of French at Bowdoin College and teacher of 19th and 20th Century French Literature, Bill VanderWolk. An online course discussion will be scheduled soon. Please contact us at if you would like to join us.

Albert Camus (1913-1960) is known as a French existentialist, but he might be described more accurately as a French/Algerian chronicler of revolt. The Plague (1947), Camus’s first novel after The Stranger, describes a modern-day plague in the Algerian city of Oran. The characters’ reactions to the epidemic reveal the myriad ways in which people respond to injustice and tyranny. The novel was written during the German occupation of France and in the decade preceding Algeria’s war of independence from France. 

You may read the novel on line, free:

Plot Summary

Camus biography


Camus quotations

Afterword – The Plague




Part One – Themes

Part Two – Themes

Part Three -Themes