The Absurd, The Revolt, and Love

"By the mid-1940s Camus had begun to speak about his books as being organized according to different "stages" (étages) or "cycles" (cycles). The first draft of that organization appears in his notebooks in 1946, just shortly after the publication of The Plague. Camus continued to refine and nuance its formulation well into the fifties. The last version we have occurs in Carnets III and was written in 1955. The version to which most commentators refer when discussing this aspect of Camus' work is usually a synthesis of two separate versions. The 1950 version found in Notebooks, 1942-1951 uses a familiar triptych of Greek myths as its organizing principle. "I. The Myth of Sisyphus (absurd) — II. The Myth of Prometheus (revolt) — III. The Myth of Nemesis. 1951." The final 1955 version does not change this one substantially. Rather it completes it by supplying the governing theme missing from the Nemesis cycle—love..."

The absurd, the revolt, and love.