Names You Should Know: Albert Camus
Authored: The Stranger, The Myth of Sisyphus, and more
Important Because: Camus was the second youngest recipient of a Nobel Prize in Literature; a philosopher and a journalist, Camus’ theories about the meaning of life (that is, life’s absurdity) became very popular and are often associated with existentialism, although he himself rejected the association.
Important to Me Because: I’ve always had a fascination with philosophy and the influence it has on people’s lives. I’ve decided that, if for no other reason, I am too innately an optimist to accept Camus’ theories.