Albert Camus was born one hundred years ago tomorrow, and the occasion is being marked in various ways. The TLS Recently had a review of his writings on Algeria, his homeland. Spiegel-online today has a good essay on the relationship between Camus and Sartre and how they eventually came to represent, as some of his can remember, the two sides of a great ideological divide in the fifteen years between the end of the Second World War and Camus’ tragic death in 1960. I read and liked Sartre’s essay on existentialism–especially on the self-constitutive role of freedom–but didn’t much like his novel Nausea. On the other hand, I liked Camus’s novels more than his philosophical writings, and I still remember how affected I was as I perfected my French by reading the brief essays in his Carnets in the early 1960's. Camus seems to have been much the better as a human being; while he seems to have been a man of great integrity and honesty, there does not seem to have been much to admire in Sartre the man.