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Day: July 14, 2017

Thoughts on The Outsider, Part 1

Thoughts on The Outsider, Part 1

In 1956, Colin Wilson’s first book, The Outsider, was published. It was a worldwide bestseller and made Wilson famous. In my opinion, it is a very important work for the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and for the movement of Existentialism. Wilson looks closely at several cultural and literary luminaries who qualify as being alienated from so-called “normal” society. They don’t fit just “right” into bourgeois culture. He examines Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre, Ernest Hemingway, Hermann Hesse, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, William James,…

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