Nobel prize winner Gide considered this work his crowning achievement. Published in French in , the book is divided into four "dialogs" on homosexuality and its place in the world. This is probably more for academics, but public libraries serving gay communities will also want it. Fourth Dialogue.
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The name of the book comes from Virgil 's pederastic character Corydon. Parts of the text were separately privately printed from to , and the whole book appeared in its French original in France in May and in the United States in The dialogues use evidence from naturalists , historians , poets , and 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.
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 Patroclus , as homosexual rather than as platonic as other critics insist.
Gide uses this evidence to insist that homosexuality is more fundamental and natural than exclusive heterosexuality , which he believes is merely a union constructed by society.
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Translated by Richard Howard. Farrar, Straus, Giroux. As Richard Howard informs us in one of the relatively straightforward paragraphs of his introduction to this latest edition, Gide began these four ''dialogues'' in ; two of them were published in an unsigned edition of 12 copies in ; 21 copies of all four dialogues along with a preface, still unsigned, were published in It was not until that the full signed work appeared. The reason for all the tentativeness was the subject - homosexuality, or as the condition is variously referred to in these pages, ''pederasty,'' ''inversion,'' ''uranism'' ''degeneracy.
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. Published anonymously in bits and pieces between and , Corydon first appeared in a signed, commercial edition in France in and in the United States in , the year before Gide's death. The present edition features the impeccable translation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Richard Howard. In spirited dialogue with his bigoted, boorish interviewer, Corydon marshals evidence from naturalists, historians, poets, and philosophers to support his contention that homosexuality pervaded the most culturally and artistically advanced civilizations, from Greece in the age of Pericles to Renaissance Italy and England in the age of Shakespeare. 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. The evidence, Corydon suggests, points to heterosexuality as a socially constructed union, while the more fundamental, natural relation is the homosexual one.
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These works won Gide the Nobel Prize in Unfortunately, the man he decides to kill turns out to be a vital cog in the aforementioned Pope v. Masons business. Hilarity of the darkest shades ensues. Anyone who reads my book essays knows that I like picking up books from used book shops, antique stores, and other such places.