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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No less an expert on sexuality fide Frank Beachin an essay on the Second Dialogue of Corydon, offers the same conclusion. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

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Lisajean rated it liked it Jun 05, For that alone, it deserves great praise, not to speak of the courage it took for someone to publish it in the early 20th century. Always preoccupied with freedom, a champion of the oppressed and a skeptic, he remained an incredibly youthful spirit. Share your thoughts with other customers. A Life in the Present. These works won Gide the Nobel Prize in The original edition was limited to about twenty copies; some 25 years later an open edition reached 33, Corydon is presented as a series of dialogues whether these are Socratic or Platonic I leave to those who make such fine distinctions to decide.


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Richard Howard was born in Cleveland, Ohio on October 13, 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the best, and I can see why his friends encouraged him to stop while he was “ahead”and the overall piece is certainly outdated; still, and unfortunately, much of the argument made here remains relevant.

Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. Straight Women – Gay Men: Gide, the reflective rebel against bourgeois morality and one of the most important and controversial figures in modern European literature, published his first book anonymously at the age of 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.

What is The book that shaped my life to the very inch. In these pages, contemporary readers will find a prescient and courageous treatment of a topic that has scarcely become less controversial.

Notify me of new comments via email. Known for his fiction as well as 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 a narrow social moralism.

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. To ask other readers questions about Corydonplease sign up. Gide himself classified his fiction into three categories: 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.


It’s remarkable how beautifully crafted his journal is, even when writing about sex with underage boys.

Corydon deals with the question of homosexuality openly. Gide was born in Paris, the only child of a law professor and a strict Calvinist mother.


The Socratic argument is weak and, I think, unnecessary. Corydon deals with the question of homosexuality openly. What I find fascinating is that this piece, written ca.

Unsure how to rate this; in terms of literary intrigue, there isn’t much– but then again, that’s not what the book was designed for.

Customers who cofydon this item also viewed. This is also an excellent example of the political, social, legal, and philosophical arguments surrounding homosexuality in the earlys.

An interesting defense of being gay from the early 20th century, when you could still be jailed for such a thing.

Inhe received the Nobel Prize for Literature.