CORYDON. by Andre Gide With a comment on the second dialogue in. CORYDON by FRANK BEACH, Department of Psychology, Yale University. NEW YORK. Considered by Gide to be the most important of his books, this slim, exquisitely book is of the kind which will do me the greatest harm, Gide wrote of his Corydon. In his preface to the first American edition–published in , the year before his death–Gide says: “Corydon remains in my opinion the most important of my.

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To ask other readers questions about Corydonplease sign up. He received a B. This is probably more for academics, but public libraries serving gay communities will also want it.

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Gide’s reflections on life and literature are contained in his Journalswhich span the years Retrieved from ” https: Today, the sly, ambiguous, fallacious handling of the subject seems to the modern reader out of date. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.

Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Dialogue Two is again between the two friends, but this time focuses on explaining nature, and in particular animals. A “period piece” from a period that’s way-back-when in modernism. His self-exploratory texts reflect his search of how to be fully oneself, even to the point of owning one’s sexual nature, without at the same time betraying one’s values.

This Corydon is a doctor — and a homosexual — and engages the narrator in a series of dialogues concerning the role of homosexuality in the natural world, in culture and society, in the arts. The only example of the last category that he published was The Counterfeiters Please try again later.


Gide’s sympathies with communism prompted him to travel to Russia, where he found the realities of Soviet life less attractive than he had imagined. Two old friends argue about homosexuality, Corydon in defense.

In Dialogue Four, Gide spends a great deal of time talking about ancient societies, and in particular ancient militaries. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. By clicking on gde you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

These were published piecemeal, without the author’s name, in private editions of twelve copies and twenty-one copies before a signed, commercial edition finally appeared Showing of 2 reviews.

As a young man, he was an ardent member coryron the symbolist group, but the style of his later work is more in the tradition of classicism.

Known for his fiction as well coryddon his autobiographical works, Gide exposes to public view the conflict and eventual reconciliation between the two sides of his personality, split apart by a straight-laced education and tide narrow social moralism. November Learn how and when to remove this template message. His political activity is informed by the same ethos, as suggested by his repudiation of communism after his voyage to the USSR.

I am glad, also, cotydon I read it in French. Our Lady of the Flowers. Throughout his career, Gide maintained an extensive correspondence with such noted figures as Valery, Claudel, Rilke, and others.

Return to Book Page. His great works, “The Immoralist” and “The Counterfeiters” puts that accusation immediately A “period piece” from a period that’s way-back-when in modernism. I am trying to explain why they exist. Richard Howard was born in Cleveland, Ohio on October 13, You are commenting using your Twitter account. Here we are, a hundred years after the first edition made perfectly cogent and undeniable arguments, continuing to have the coryfon debate in almost the same words.


CORYDON by Andre Gide | Kirkus Reviews

Although obscured by later critics, literature and art from Homer to Titian proclaim the true nature of relationships between such lovers as Achilles and Patrocles—not to mention Virgil’s mythical Corydon and his shepherd, Alexis, constructed union, while the ckrydon fundamental, natural relation is the homosexual one.

Despite his eloquence, I just can’t bring myself to read beautiful sentences if they’re in defense of pederasty. I did like the counterfeiters a lot.

Write a customer review. This particular translation by Richard Howard is superb; it corydkn both lyrical and poetic. Ships from and sold by Amazon. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Feb 26, Micha rated it it was ok Shelves: Corydon was written over several years, with many changes and addition added by Gide. Preface to the Third Edition.


Published anonymously in bits and pieces between andCorydon first appeared in a signed, commercial edition in Published anonymously in bits and pieces between andCorydon first appeared in a signed, commercial edition in France in and in the United States inthe year before Gide’s death.

Hilarity of the darkest shades ensues. Damla rated it liked it Nov 30, I was given a free French copy at a local book repository. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. The history of how I obtained this gem is slightly remarkable, gkde I share it here.