Word Lit 2: How do we know Meursault's (from "The Stranger") first name is Arthur? Watch

greekamprincess
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Hi,
If you search Arthur Meursault on Google, you will see that many sources place this as his first name. However, I've searched the book many a time, and I've never seen Arthur mentioned.
So, how do we know that this is his first name?
And, if we do, to which source would I cite this knowledge?

Thanks in advance!
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sweettangerine
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From the novella, we cannot be sure his name is Arthur. I used this novella for my WL1, and I think the name Arthur originated when it was made into a film.
Hope that helped.
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melissa91
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From my understanding, sweettangerine is right... nowhere in the actual book does it say his name is Arthur. I didn't know how to address him in my French tache ecrite (creative writing task, wrote Marie's diary entry), so I just called him Meursault and wrote in my justification that we don't know his first name.
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I have done it for my WL1 and I do not recall him being called Arthur, either. I would assume that it was just for film purposes. Just stick to calling him Meursault.
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Actually, Camus named Meursault "Arthur" in either an earlier version of L'Etranger or in something like a precursor short story about the character. Whichever it was, it was not published until well after Camus's death and I believe it was published as his notebooks and/or unpublished manuscripts.

I just did a little more research and it was in La Mort Heureuse (published in 1971) that Camus had a character called Patrice Mersault (NOT a spelling error) who also kills an Arab but then lives on the dead man's money and eventually dies of a serious illness. So my comment above is incorrect. Sorry.
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