After reading The Stranger, your students will undoubtedly want to learn more about the author of this weird and fascinating book, and there's no better place to learn about Camus's life than the Camus Society's web page. They have a neat biography page that explains the author's influences, early life, politics, marriage, and death. Getting a glimpse into the author's personal life will give your students more understanding about some of the themes in The Stranger.
"Uncle Acault had already introduced Camus to anarchist ideas and Jean Grenier would introduce revolutionary syndicalism and the idea of joining the Communist Party. Grenier believed that the most effective thing Camus could do with his socialist sympathies was to join with other intellectuals already working for the Party. Camus was never a Marxist and was against the ideas of Lenin and Stalin. However at the time to work with other socialist intellectuals had to be through the Algerian Communist Party. He would later be expelled from the Party for his position of support for native Algerian nationalism. Native Algerians had little or no rights in Algeria then and were treated, at best, like second class citizens."