Albert Camus was a French philosopher, author and journalist born in French Algeria who played a seminal role in the rise of philosophy known as 'absurdism'. He lost his father at infancy, and grew up in the house of his maternal grandmother in the working class suburbs of Algiers. At the local Ecole Communale, where he started his education, he was spotted by one of his teachers, who not only convinced his grandmother to allow him to study, but also made sure he got a scholarship. Soon he decided to become a teacher and a writer. Unfortunately, it was his recurring tuberculosis, which prevented him from fulfilling the first aim; but he accomplished his second wish early in life and by his mid-twenties. Albert Camus was born on 7 November 1913 in Mondovi (now known as Dréan) in French Algeria.
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