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Corydon (Paperback)

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By Andre Gide, Richard Howard (Translator)
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First published nearly one hundred years ago, Andr Gide's masterpiece, translated from the original French by Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Howard, draws from the disciplines of biology, philosophy, and history to support the author's assertion that homosexuality is a natural human trait At the time of his death in 1951, having won the Nobel Prize in Literature only four years prior, Andr Gide was considered one of the most important literary minds of the twentieth century. In Corydon, initially released anonymously in installments between 1911 and 1920, Gide speaks his most subversive and provocative truth. Citing myriad examples that span thousands of years, Gide's Socratic dialogues argue that homosexuality is natural-in fact, far more so than the social construct of exclusive heterosexuality, the act of systematically banning or ostracizing same-sex relationships. Corydon, named for the pederast character in Virgil's Eclogues, caused its author "all kinds of trouble," according to his friends, but he regarded it as his most important work. The courage, intelligence, and prescience of Gide's argument make it all the more impressive today. "In the service of a cause close to Gide's heart . . . the book remains a touching testament. . . . A courageous endeavor . . . a] necessary work." -The New York Times Book Review "Nobel prize winner Gide considered this work his crowning achievement. Published in French in 1925, the book is divided into four 'dialogs' on homosexuality and its place in the world." -Library Journal Andr Gide (1869-1951), winner of the 1947 Nobel Prize in Literature, was a celebrated novelist, dramatist, and essayist whose narrative works dealt frankly with homosexuality and the struggle between artistic discipline, moralism, and sensual indulgence. His essay collections Autumn Leaves and Oscar Wilde, among others, contributed to the public's understanding of key figures of the day.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781497679009
ISBN-10: 1497679001
Publisher: Open Road Media
Publication Date: April 7th, 2015
Pages: 160
Language: English