CORYDON. by Andre Gide With a comment on the second dialogue in. CORYDON by FRANK BEACH, Department of Psychology, Yale University. NEW YORK. 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. My friends insist that this little book is of the kind which will do me the greatest harm, Gide wrote of his Corydon. In these pages, contemporary readers will find a.

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Much of his work is autobiographical, and the story of his youth and dorydon adult years and the discovery of his own sexual tendencies is related in Si le grain ne meurt If it die. I am glad, also, that I read it in French. Gide’s work can be seen as an investigation of freedom and empowerment in the face of moralistic and puritan constraints, and gravitates around his continuous effort to ggide intellectual honesty.

What is more, you can fathom and perceive the hypocricy and the inhuman social policy of the Human Society and Civilization, through the ages.

Dialogue Two is again between the two friends, but this time focuses on explaining nature, and in particular animals. Nobel prize winner Gide considered this work his crowning achievement. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

Published in French inthe book is divided into vide “dialogs” on homosexuality and its place in the world. Feb 09, Josephine biblioseph marked it as to-not-read. To write this exquisite dialogue pro homosexuality; The way he uses arguments from the fields of biology, philosophy, history in order to point out the liquidity of the sexual instinct and the force coryddon social imperative that leads to the delusion of its certainty.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Jul 30, Moureco marked it as to-read Shelves: This was a formative text for early 20th century discussions of homosexuality, but it definitely doesn’t last because Gide doesn’t really t The first dialogue was interesting because the arguments were so like modern arguments about homosexuality.


Gide also doesn’t do much for me in general, which is why croydon to read so much of him for my thesis is a drag. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.


You are commenting using your WordPress. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. I had been curious about reading Corydon for a while, due to its fame. My friends insist that this little book is of the kind which will do me the greatest harm, Gide wrote of xndr Corydon.

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One wants to believe that Gide is merely doing what he often does: Unfortunately, the man he decides to kill turns out to be a vital cog in the aforementioned Pope v. His argument from the arts is, more than anything, merely a claim that since many important artists have been homosexual, then periods of great artistic achievement are somehow spawned by periods andrr high homosexual activity he cites Golden Age Greece and Elizabethan England as prime examples.

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.

He briefly worked as a lexicographer, but soon turned his attention to poetry and poetic criticism. Be the first to discover new talent!

Gide takes the wrong approach here–but he was a writer of his time. It’s remarkable how beautifully crafted his journal is, even when writing about sex with underage boys. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Innumerable sounder treatments, from Proust to Kinsey, gied let light and air in on this not too agreeable topic.

As for ande argument itself, it is ably dissected in this edition by an eminent biologist from Yale in an appendix to the text.

Views Read Edit View history. 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. Wainwright Churchill Snippet view – Of interest are his comments on Proust–his explanation of why Charlus is such a superior creation than Albertine. They didn’t have the word teenager then; the concept had yet to be invented. 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.


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The result is four dialogues, which not only defend gay men, but also condemn gay men from hiding and refusing to be open about their homosexuality. Damla rated it liked it Nov 30, Gide was born in Paris, the only child of a law professor and a strict Calvinist mother. I bought it from my local public library who was reducing inventory. This page was last edited on 3 Octoberat Corydon, in his argument, is simply asking for the same rules to apply to boys. Additionally, all of the prefaces written by Gide are maintained, providing greater context for the actual four dialogues.

Open Preview See a Problem? The unnamed narrator visits with and discusses the nature of human sexuality with an old friend, one Corydon the name is chosen for obvious reasons. 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 Considered by Gide to be the most important of his books, this slim, exquisitely crafted volume consists of four dialogues on the subject of homosexuality and its place in society.

In these pages, contemporary readers will find a prescient and courageous treatment of a topic that has scarcely become less controversial. The original edition was limited to about twenty copies; some 25 years later an open edition reached 33, These works won Gide the Nobel Prize in Want to Read Currently Reading Read.