The White Notebook

The White Notebook

André Gide

Nonfiction / Outdoors & Nature / History

This first published work lays bare the early brilliance and philosophical conflicts of Andr� Gide, a towering figure in French literature Nobel Prize-winning writer Andr� Gide lays bare his adolescent psyche in this early work, first conceived and published as part of his novel The Notebooks of Andr� Walter, completed when he was just twenty years old. This profoundly personal work draws heavily on his religious upbringing and private journals to tell the story of a young man who, like the author, pines for his forbidden love, cousin Emmanuelle. This unique portrait of Gide as a young man presents the passions and conflicts, temptations and anguish he would explore in maturity.
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Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde

André Gide

Nonfiction / Outdoors & Nature / History

Personal recollections from André Gide on a man who profoundly influenced his work—Oscar Wilde   André Gide, a towering figure in French letters, draws upon his friendship with Oscar Wilde to sketch a compelling portrait of the tragic, doomed author, both celebrated and shunned in his time. Rather than compile a complete biography, Gide invites us to discover Wilde as he did—from their first meeting in 1891 to their final parting just two years before Wilde's death—all told through Gide's sensitive, incomparable prose.   Using his notes, recollections, and conversations, Gide illuminates Wilde as a man whose true art was not writing, but living.   This ebook features a new introduction by Jeanine Parisier Plottel, selected quotes, and an image gallery.
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Urien’s Voyage

Urien’s Voyage

André Gide

Nonfiction / Outdoors & Nature / History

Urien's Voyage is an allegorical account of a sea voyage. From the stagnant, teeming waters of the Sargasso to the frozen Arctic, Gide charts in prose the fantastic journey of the Orion and the sexual and moral transformations of those aboard. The temptations, suffering, and surroundings of Urien and his companions are described with an extraordinary profusion of detail, yet the pilgrims can never be sure of the reality of their experiences. The eponymous Urien is, we now know, the young Andre Gide himself. Written under the spell of the great French Symbolist poet Mallarme, the novel is an illustration of both the techniques and the aesthetic credo of the Symbolist movement. Although written early in the career of this key French thinker and Nobel Prize-Winner, Urien's Voyage is now regarded as a significant work, articulating the powerful tension between sexuality and morality that would preoccupy Gide in his better-known later novels.
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The Pastoral Symphony

The Pastoral Symphony

André Gide

Nonfiction / Outdoors & Nature / History

This is a classic book of Gide. It is with this book that Gide won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1947. A country priest adopts a blind orphan girl, does almost everything for her, and tries hard to inspire her mind and heart to help her get rid of the state of ignorance and lead her to see the wonderful world which she could not see. Though he is doing this out of pity, the priest falls in love with the girl. It causes great pains to his wife who dares not to face the fact. The blind girl mistakes gratitude for love. Nevertheless when her eyes are healed, she realizes that she is in love with the son Jacque instead of his father. She is also aware that her love is nothing different from crime which brings to the family only misfortune.**
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Urien's Voyage

Urien's Voyage

André Gide

Nonfiction / Outdoors & Nature / History

Nobel Prize–winning writer André Gide marks his voyage toward self-discovery in this imaginative allegorical work   When Urien and his sailing companions begin their voyage, it is to places unknown and, perhaps, only dreamed. This allegorical masterpiece from André Gide, a key figure of French letters, deftly illustrates the techniques and doctrine of the Symbolist movement—and the dual nature of Gide's own psyche. Written at a crucial time in his artistic development, this imaginative work signals his gradual abandonment of acetic celibacy toward an embrace of pleasure and carnal desires, revealing a Gide more transparent in this early work than in his mature writings.   Translator and scholar Wade Baskin annotates the work, connecting Gide's life and bibliography to the text.
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Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde

André Gide

Nonfiction / Outdoors & Nature / History

Personal recollections from André Gide on a man who profoundly influenced his work—Oscar Wilde   André Gide, a towering figure in French letters, draws upon his friendship with Oscar Wilde to sketch a compelling portrait of the tragic, doomed author, both celebrated and shunned in his time. Rather than compile a complete biography, Gide invites us to discover Wilde as he did—from their first meeting in 1891 to their final parting just two years before Wilde's death—all told through Gide's sensitive, incomparable prose.   Using his notes, recollections, and conversations, Gide illuminates Wilde as a man whose true art was not writing, but living.   This ebook features a new introduction by Jeanine Parisier Plottel, selected quotes, and an image gallery.
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