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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Mar 29, Yannis Thomadakis rated it it was amazing. His accounts of his disillusionment were published as Return from the U. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. His works include Trappings: Gide poses a number of questions our cultural and moral arbiters still refuse to engage with, namely a gidee tendency to deem non-normative behaviors as immoral excusing the tenuous and relativistic existence of norms in the first place. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

The dialogues are cast in the Socratic form, and despite a somewhat slipshod translation, the writer’s wit, obliquity, and lack of candor come through. Dec 09, Paulo Santos rated it really liked it. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Nobel prize winner Gide considered this work his crowning achievement.

Innumerable sounder treatments, from Proust to Kinsey, have let light and air in on this not too agreeable topic. Despite his eloquence, I just can’t bring myself to read beautiful sentences if they’re in defense of pederasty. Gjde behavior among males: As for the argument itself, it is ably dissected in this edition by an eminent biologist from Yale in an appendix to the text.

Selected pages Title Page. And amusing that Gide feels offended when accused of not making his homosexuality explicit soon enough.

The cultural argument fails because numerous historians have shown that women were not valued, respected, or given honors in ancient Greece. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. University of Illinois Press Amazon. An interesting defense of being gay from the early 20th century, when you could still be jailed for such a thing.


They didn’t have the word teenager then; the concept had yet to be invented. Lisajean rated it liked it Jun 05, 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 achieve intellectual honesty.

CORYDON by Andre Gide | Kirkus Reviews

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.

Want to Read saving…. Parts of the text were separately privately printed from toand the whole book appeared in its French original in France in May and in the United States in This is also an excellent example of the political, social, legal, and philosophical arguments surrounding homosexuality in the earlys. 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.

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Misguided even detestable though some of his views are, hapless as some of his evidence is, he has an important point and he makes it. This article about an essay or essay collection is a stub. Gide uses this evidence to insist that homosexuality is more fundamental and natural than exclusive heterosexualitywhich he believes is merely a union constructed by society. Each week, our editors ajdr the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Retrieved from ” https: Hayley Windbigler rated it it was ok Dec 20, Additionally, all of the prefaces written by Gide are maintained, providing greater context for the actual four dialogues.


Unfortunately, the man he decides to kill turns out to be a vital cog in the aforementioned Pope v. A shockingly relevant piece of work, given its publication nearly a century ago. Aug 06, Rodrigo rated it liked it. What he’s talking about is a relationship between a man in his twenties coryon thirties and a boy in his teens. His political activity is informed by the same ethos, as suggested by his repudiation of communism after his voyage to the USSR.

Ckrydon up here to receive your FREE alerts. This book, although he considered it his most important according to what I read, does not have the fame of the counter The issue regarding my reviewing this book is that some sections, as usual with my reading a french text, slip by me. Gide’s sympathies with communism prompted him to travel to Russia, where he found the realities of Soviet life less attractive than he had corycon.

He received a B. 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 igde periods of high homosexual activity he cites Golden Age Greece and Elizabethan England as prime examples. No trivia or quizzes yet. The literary taboo is off; the contents of this book can no longer astound the general reading public.

The present edition features the impeccable translation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Richard Howard. Inhe received the Nobel Prize for Literature.


There’s so many other books I could read. Always preoccupied with freedom, a champion of the oppressed and a skeptic, he remained an incredibly youthful spirit.

Add to all that its beautiful French, and it’s a true classic.