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Albert Camus, Œuvres ComplètesAlbert Camus, Œuvres Complètes

edited by Raymond Gay-Crosier, Languages, Literatures & Cultures
(April 2007, Paris, Gallimard, Collection de la Pléiade, vol. I – II) (November 2008; vol. III – IV)
Available through Amazon France

The publication of vols. III and IV of Albert Camus’s complete works constitutes the completion of a twelve-year project of which Professor Emeritus Raymond Gay-Crosier was contributing editor for vols. I-IV and editor-in-chief of vols. III and IV. This edition, including numerous heretofore unpublished writings, of the 1957 Literature Nobel Prize winner, features the author’s texts prepared in accordance with the most up-to-date editorial principles, extensive introductions, footnotes and variants. The Pléiade series is traditionally the authoritative text source used by literary scholars.

Volume 1Volume 2Volume 3Volume 4

Shortly after Camus’s death (1960), the publisher Gallimard wished to include his works in the catalog of its Pléiade collection. Two volumes were projected. Roger Quilliot, charged to prepare the edition, completed a pioneer’s work. He consulted all then available manuscripts and collected a large number of so-called “Complementary texts”. The first volume, Théâtre, récits, nouvelles, was published in 1962; the second, Essais, in 1965. […] In fact, insights in Camus's work never have stopped progressing. Widely dispersed texts have now been collected and edited for publication. The Carnets (Notebooks), but also unpublished stories such as La Mort heureuse (A Happy Death) and Le Premier Homme (The First Man) have been revealed to the public. Many questions raised by Camus are still valid today. But if their thematic orientation (decolonialization, terrorism and its repression, etc.) appears familiar, to grasp them it is increasingly indispensable to understand the historical context. On the other hand, informations produced by posthumous texts incite us to explore the best possible organization of Camus’s works. The 1960’s edition separated “fiction” and “reflection”. But how can one, for example, not take into account the fact that one finds in the Carnets several plans structuring the writings in thematic “series” (the Absurd, Rebellion, etc.), each of which containing works belonging to different literary genres, whether fictional or reflective ? Thus an edition of the Œuvres complètes had to be closest to what we know to be the author’s intention. It is the publication chronology of the works, mixing all genres, which has been retained. And it is the titles published during the author’s lifetime which appear first in each volume. Finally, posthumous writings have been gathered at the end of each volume, again in accordance with their date of composition.

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Guide and Reference to the Amphibians of Western North America (North of Mexico) and HawaiiGuide and Reference to the Amphibians of Western North America (North of Mexico) and Hawaii

by R.D. Bartlett and Patricia P. Bartlett, Asian Studies Program
(2009, University of Forida Press)
Available through UF Press

More than 500 species and subspecies of amphibians and reptiles can be found in the western United States. This set of three field guides offers a complete survey of the frogs, toads, salamanders, snakes, turtles, and lizards that reside west of the Rocky Mountains (north of Mexico) and in Hawaii.

These animals are found in habitats that range from seaside sand dunes to rocky montane outcroppings, and from mossy grottos to deciduous forests. Uniquely adapted to their environments, all are interesting, a few could be considered beautiful, and a small number are venomous.

In each volume, species are grouped alphabetically by scientific name within each order. Color photographs are accompanied by descriptive text that details the appearance, naturally occurring color morphs, behavior, range/habitat, and prey of each species--as well as species with which it may be confused.

Geared toward a popular audience of people interested in reptiles and amphibians, the three volumes allow for greater depth in the descriptions of species than other field guides that survey all herpetofauna under one cover. R. D. and Patricia Bartlett employ a writing style that is accessible and informative without being overly technical. In their completeness, the authors even include information on introduced species
R. D. Bartlett is a veteran herpetologist/herpetoculturist with over forty years' experience writing, photographing, and educating people about reptiles and amphibians. He is the author, with Patricia P. Bartlett, a full-time editor and writer, of more than fifty books on the subject, including Florida's Snakes.

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Guide and Reference to the Snakes of Western North America (North of Mexico) and HawaiiGuide and Reference to the Snakes of Western North America (North of Mexico) and Hawaii

by R.D. Bartlett and Patricia P. Bartlett, Asian Studies Program
(2009, University of Forida Press)
Available through UF Press

Information on how to search for herpetofauna, habitat descriptions, captive care, and a special section on reptiles and the law make these guides the perfect resource for amateur or professional naturalists. They also are ideal for anyone living in or visiting a western state who is interested in knowing more about the natural world around them.

R. D. Bartlett is a veteran herpetologist/herpetoculturist with over forty years' experience writing, photographing, and educating people about reptiles and amphibians. He is the author, with Patricia P. Bartlett, a full-time editor and writer, of more than fifty books on the subject, including Florida's Snakes.

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Guide and Reference to the Turtles and Lizards of Western North America (North of Mexico) and HawaiiGuide and Reference to the Turtles and Lizards of Western North America (North of Mexico) and Hawaii

by R.D. Bartlett and Patricia P. Bartlett, Asian Studies Program
(2009, University of Forida Press)
Available through UF Press

Information on how to search for herpetofauna, habitat descriptions, captive care, and a special section on reptiles and the law make these guides the perfect resource for amateur or professional naturalists. They also are ideal for anyone living in or visiting a western state who is interested in knowing more about the natural world around them.

R. D. Bartlett is a veteran herpetologist/herpetoculturist with over forty years' experience writing, photographing, and educating people about reptiles and amphibians. He is the author, with Patricia P. Bartlett, a full-time editor and writer, of more than fifty books on the subject, including Florida's Snakes.

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