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André Gide : a life in the present

Author: Alan Sheridan
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"By the end of his life Gide would have been on most lists of the ten most important novelists of the twentieth century. His Paludes (1895) was one of the beginnings of the modern novel; his masterpiece, Les Faux-Monnayeurs (1925), is one of its most ambitious achievements. But his name was also familiar the world over to millions who had never read his books: he had long since become a controversial figure, his  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Named Person: André Gide; André Gide; André Gide
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alan Sheridan
ISBN: 0674035275 9780674035270
OCLC Number: 40726331
Description: xix, 709 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: ch. 1. Two stars, two races, two provinces, two faiths --
ch. 2. Childhood: schooldays and holidays (October 1874-October 1880) --
ch. 3. Youth: God and love (October 1880-September 1889) --
ch. 4. André Walter: Puritan and narcissist (October 1889-June 1891) --
ch. 5. Ironic narcissist: Le traité du narcisse, poésies d'André Walter, le voyage d'urien, la tentative amoureuse (June 1891-October 1893) --
ch. 6. Liberation and ... engagement: 'J'écris ... paludes' (October 1893-June 1895) --
ch. 7. Marriage and nomadism: les nourritures terrestres, saül, le prométhée mal enchaîné, philoctète (June 1895-October 1898) --
ch. 8. High hopes brought low: le roi candaule and l'immoraliste (November 1898-October 1902) --
ch. 9. Barren years: le retour de l'enfant prodigue and la porte étroite (October 1902-October 1908) --
ch. 10. The 'new' Gide and the founding of the NRF: Isabelle and les caves du Vatican (October 1908-August 1914) --
ch. 11. War: de profundis, summer's lease (August 1914-November 1918) --
ch. 12. Post-war years: la symphonie pastorale (November 1918-December 1921) --
ch. 13. Gide, homosexual theorist and father: Corydon and les Faux-monnayeurs (January 1922-July 1925) --
ch. 14. Heart of darkness: Voyage au Congo and L'ecole des femmes (July 1925-December 1930) --
ch. 15. Gide, 'fellow-traveller': Oedipe, Perséphone and Les Nouvells nourritures (January 1931-JUne 1936) --
ch. 16. retreat from Moscow, a sense of ending: retour de l'U.R.S.S. and Geneviéve (June 1936-September 1939) --
ch. 17. Another war: retreat and exile (September 1939-May 1945) --
ch. 18. 'The end of life ... a rather dull last act': Thèsée and Ainsi soit-il (May 1945-February 1951).
Responsibility: Alan Sheridan.

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"By the end of his life Gide would have been on most lists of the ten most important novelists of the twentieth century. His Paludes (1895) was one of the beginnings of the modern novel; his masterpiece, Les Faux-Monnayeurs (1925), is one of its most ambitious achievements. But his name was also familiar the world over to millions who had never read his books: he had long since become a controversial figure, his views on political and sexual matters being better known than his literary work."--Jacket.

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