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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He was a founder of the influential Corydob Revue Francaise, in which the works of many prominent modern European authors appeared, and he remained a director until You are commenting using your Twitter account. 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the best, and I can see why his friends encouraged him to stop while he was “ahead”and the overall piece is certainly outdated; still, and unfortunately, much of the argument made here remains relevant.

Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Gide argues this is reflected by writers and artists from Homer and Virgil to Titian and Shakespeare in their depictions of male—male relationships, such as Achilles and Patroclusas homosexual rather than as platonic as other critics insist. He is also a translator and published more than translations from the French.


Gidee for telling us about the problem. Gide himself classified his fiction into coryydon categories: 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. I bought it from my local public library who was reducing inventory.


The moral integrity in Greek art cannot be separate from the Greeks’ love for the masculine beauty of man. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life.

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A Life in the Present. Today, the sly, ambiguous, fallacious handling of the subject seems to the modern reader out of date. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. The cultural argument fails because numerous historians have shown that women were not valued, respected, or given honors in ancient Greece. Much of his work is autobiographical, and the story of his youth and early adult years and the discovery of his own sexual tendencies is related in Si le grain ne meurt If it die.

His accounts of his disillusionment were published as Return from the U. 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, constructed union, while the more fundamental, natural relation is the homosexual one. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. This is probably more for academics, but public libraries serving gay communities will also want it.

The original edition was limited to about twenty copies; some 25 years later an open edition reached 33, An interesting defense of being gay from the early 20th century, when you could still be jailed for such a thing. 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 Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty.


There’s so many other books I could read. 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. The second dialogue, consisting mostly of descriptions of animal mating habits, I found rather unfortunate and far too long.

Gide’s sympathies with communism prompted him to travel to Russia, where he found the realities of Soviet life less attractive than he had imagined. I was given a coydon French copy at a local book repository.

Ultimately, Corydon is a brave attempt by a gay man to defend being gay. Michael rated it it was amazing Jan 22, Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources.

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. Corydonn name of the book comes from Virgil ‘s pederastic character Corydon.

Showing of 2 reviews. Write a customer review. 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.

Mar 04, Fernando rated it it was ok. Don’t have a Kindle?