The famous dialogues, in which Gide defends homosexuality to the point of making it a civic virtue, now appearing in English for the first time. André Gide. Corydon by Andre Gide (image courtesy Goodreads). The complex and provocative André Gide is known for his unconventional. CORYDON. by Andre Gide With a comment on the second dialogue in. CORYDON by FRANK BEACH, Department of Psychology, Yale University. NEW YORK.

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Gide is known, as I have noted, as a provocateur. Unsure how to rate this; in terms of corydpn intrigue, there isn’t much– but then again, that’s not what the book was designed for.

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In these pages, contemporary readers will find a prescient and courageous treatment of a topic that has scarcely become less controversial.

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He wrote the following virulent anti-Semitic remarks:. The third and fourth I felt included some of that depressing brand of gay male misogyny, which again one sometimes hears today. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. 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. Dialogue Two is again between the two friends, but this time focuses on explaining nature, and in particular animals.

Here we are, a hundred years after the first edition made perfectly cogent and undeniable arguments, continuing to have the same debate in almost the same words.


This site uses cookies. It doesn’t have the same meaning as our word “pedophile”, which denote A quick read, a bit dated of course, but interesting for the historical perspective, as well as how much of it–particularly the first dialogue–still pertains today.

I was given a free French copy at a local book repository. A “period piece” from a period that’s way-back-when in modernism. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. The original edition was limited to about twenty copies; some 25 years later an open edition reached 33, Write a customer review. And for most of the reading public, a tedious bore.


Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. You are commenting using your Gied account. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Published anonymously in bits and pieces between andCorydon first appeared in a signed, commercial edition in France in and in the United Ocrydon inthe year before Gide’s death. It’s remarkable how beautifully crafted his journal is, even when writing about sex with underage boys.

Dialogue Three and Four focuses on andr, and in particular the arts, humanities, and customs of humans. Known for his fiction as well as his autobiographical works, Gide exposes to public view the conflict and eventual reconciliation between gied two sides of his personality, split apart by a straight-laced education and a narrow social moralism.

Some of the dialogues are more interesting and effective than others the first is the best, and I can see why his friends encouraged him to stop while he was “ahead”and the overall piece is certainly outdated; still, and unfortunately, much of the argument made here remains relevant. And since in most cases no one is willing to admit that such things exist, I am examining, I am trying to examine, whether it is really as deplorable as it is said to be—that such things exist.


His political activity is informed by the same ethos, as suggested by his repudiation of communism after his gice to the USSR.

gife Explore the Home Gift Guide. Today, the sly, ambiguous, fallacious handling of the subject seems to the modern reader out of date. Retrieved from ” https: This is in France, which until just a few years ago had no such thing as a legal age of consent, and men were free to diddle 12 year girls all day long.

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This particular translation by Richard Howard is superb; it is both lyrical and poetic. While Gide published Corydon as an effort to address bigotry, he included some of his own. He wrote the following virulent anti-Semitic remarks: Two main points in Gide’s defense of homosexuality: