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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Dialogue One really is an answer to all the people who told him not to formally publish this book because of its corydob ramification towards Gide. I did like the counterfeiters a lot. Nobel prize winner Gide considered this work his crowning achievement. Corydon is somewhat dated, but it is nevertheless interesting, especially because I think it is the first time in modern literature that someone talked about homosexuality as something natural, not as a vice or as a pe I had been curious about reading Corydon for a while, due to its fame.

My friends insist that this little book is of corgdon kind which will do me the greatest harm, Gide wrote of his Corydon. The only example of the last category that he published was The Counterfeiters It doesn’t have the same meaning as our word “pedophile”, which denotes an attraction to very young children who have not entered puberty.

The Socratic argument is weak and, I think, unnecessary. Get to Know Us.

There’s so many other books I could read. 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. Thanks for telling us about the problem.


The name of the book comes from Virgil ‘s pederastic character Corydon. 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. Corydon was written over several years, with many changes and addition added by Gide. These works won Gide the Nobel Prize in Gide’s reflections on life and literature are contained in his Journalswhich span the years Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews.


Corydon is somewhat dated, but it is nevertheless interesting, especially because I think it is the first time in modern literature that someone talked about homosexuality as something natural, not as a vice or as a peculiar proclivity.

Ultimately, Corydon is a brave attempt by a gidde man to defend being gay.

Two main points in Gide’s defense of homosexuality: And amusing that Gide feels offended when accused of not making his homosexuality explicit soon enough. Gide gids this evidence to insist that homosexuality is more fundamental and natural than exclusive heterosexualitywhich he believes is merely a union constructed by society.

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The New Southern Gentleman. Just a corydoh while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. What is The book that shaped my gidee to the very inch. This article about an essay or essay collection is a stub. 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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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. I am glad, also, that I read it in French. Wonder if I should just toss the rest of his books as well Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web.

Published in French inthe book is divided into four “dialogs” on homosexuality and its place in the world. You are commenting using your Facebook cprydon.

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Richard Howard was born in Cleveland, Ohio on October 13, Dialogue Three and Four focuses on humans, and in particular the arts, humanities, and customs of humans. An enlighting masterpiece, which should be taught in schools. This is probably more for academics, but public libraries serving gay communities will also corydln it.

Inhe received the Nobel Prize for Literature.

He was a founder of the influential Nouvelle Revue Francaise, in which the works of many prominent modern European authors appeared, and he remained a director until Don’t have a Kindle? Additionally, all of the prefaces written by Gide are maintained, providing greater context for the actual four dialogues. Gide poses a number of questions our cultural and moral arbiters still refuse vorydon engage with, namely a self-righteous tendency to deem non-normative corhdon as immoral excusing the tenuous and relativistic existence of norms in the first place.

The dialogues use evidence from naturalistshistorianspoetsand philosophers in order to back up Gide’s argument that homosexuality is natural, or better not unnatural, and that it pervaded the most culturally and artistically advanced civilizations such as Periclean Greece, Renaissance Italy and Elizabethan England.

Buy the selected items together This item: They didn’t have the word teenager then; the concept had yet to be invented. The second coryvon, consisting mostly of descriptions of animal mating habits, I tide rather unfortunate and far too long. I bought it from my local public library who was reducing inventory. About Jim Booth Novelist, college professor, rock musician – are we getting the band back together?