Books: First Flood of Light

A HAPPY DEATH

by ALBERT CAMUS 192 pages. Knopf. $5.95.

In 1938 when he was 25, Albert Camus scrapped this novel and began writing The Stranger, one of the half-dozen most celebrated first novels of the century. Last year, a decade after he was killed in an automobile crash, his widow allowed this forerunner to be published in France, and it has now been admirably translated into English by Richard Howard.

With open trunks of manuscripts yawning around the publishing world, what widows do with material that writers originally considered unpublishable is an increasingly...

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