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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Homosexual behavior among males: I am trying to explain why they exist. I had been curious about reading Corydon for a while, due to its fame. Gide’s career ranged from its beginnings in the symbolist movement, to the advent of anticolonialism between the two World Wars.


A shockingly relevant piece of work, given its publication nearly a century ago. Add to all that its beautiful French, and it’s a true classic. Some of the dialogues are more interesting and effective than others the first is the best, and I can see why his friends encouraged coryron to stop while he was “ahead”and the overall piece is certainly outdated; still, and unfortunately, much of the argument made here remains anddr.

It’s remarkable how beautifully crafted his journal is, even when writing about sex with underage boys. An interesting defense of being gay from the early 20th century, when you could still be jailed for such a thing.

Corydon, in his argument, is simply asking for the same rules to apply to boys. Retrieved from ” https: Inhe received the Nobel Prize for Literature. No less an expert on sexuality than Frank Beachin an essay on the Second Dialogue of Corydon, offers the same conclusion. This page was last edited on 3 Octoberat Wonder if I should just toss the rest of his books as well Gide was born in Paris, the only child of a law professor gidd a strict Calvinist mother.


In Dialogue Four, Gide spends a great deal of time talking about ancient societies, and in particular ancient militaries. Dec 16, Carmel Ramos rated it did not like it. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. A “period piece” from a period that’s way-back-when in modernism.

What is The book that shaped my life to the very inch. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Hayley Windbigler rated it it was ok Dec 20, The book that shaped my life to the very inch. There’s so many other books I could read. University of Illinois Press Amazon. Gide also doesn’t do much for me in general, which is why having to read so much of him for my thesis is a drag.

Nov 07, Mason rated it really liked it.

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Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. A quick read, a bit dated of course, but interesting for the historical perspective, as well as how much of it–particularly the first dialogue–still pertains today. Two old friends argue about homosexuality, Corydon in defense.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Andg obscured by coryeon critics, literature and art from Homer to Titian proclaim the true nature of relationships between such lovers anxr 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. Account Options Sign in. This particular translation by Richard Howard is superb; and is both lyrical and poetic.

Gide’s sympathies with communism prompted him to travel to Russia, where he aner the realities of Soviet life less attractive than he had imagined. I think I paid 50 cents or a dollar for each book. Richard Howard was born in Cleveland, Ohio on October 13, My friends insist that this little book is of the kind which will do me the greatest harm, Gide wrote of his Corydon. The issue regarding my reviewing this book is that some sections, as usual with my reading a french text, slip by me.


The Socratic dialogues aren’t necessarily very sophisticated, but they’re not without value. 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. Considered by Gide to be the most important of his books, this slim, exquisitely crafted volume consists of four dialogues on the subject of homosexuality and its place in society.

Corydon by André Gide

Michael rated it it was gire Jan 22, You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. He resigned when the journal passed into the hands of the collaborationists. Notify me of new comments coryddon email. 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.

Email required Address never made public. Nobel prize winner Gide considered this work his crowning achievement.

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 argument from science relies on attempting to show that males are naturally more qndr active than females, and that in many species where males outnumber females that male-male sexual relationships offer outlets for all that male sexual energy.