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Corydon

(1920)
Four Socratic Dialogues
A non fiction book by

 
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 1911 and 1920, Corydon first appeared in a signed, commercial edition in France in 1924 and in the United States in 1950, 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.

"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 prescient and courageous treatment of a topic that has scarcely become less controversial.

 
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Used availability for Andre Gide's Corydon


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Hardback Editions

March 1985 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: Corydon (Gay Modern Classics)
Author(s): Andre Gide
ISBN: 0-907040-54-3 / 978-0-907040-54-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: GMP Publishers Ltd
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January 1983 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Corydon
Author(s): Andre Gide
ISBN: 0-374-13012-4 / 978-0-374-13012-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, Giroux
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1977 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Corydon
Author(s): Andre Gide
ISBN: 0-374-93051-1 / 978-0-374-93051-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Octagon Books
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December 1952 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: Corydon
Author(s): Andre Gide
ISBN: 0-436-17500-2 / 978-0-436-17500-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Martin Secker & Warburg Ltd
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Paperback Editions

April 2015 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Corydon: A Novel
Author(s): Andre Gide
ISBN: 1-4976-7900-1 / 978-1-4976-7900-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Open Road Media
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July 2001 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Corydon
Author(s): Andre Gide
ISBN: 0-252-07006-2 / 978-0-252-07006-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
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May 1998 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Corydon (Bibliothek)
Author(s): Andre Gide
ISBN: 0-85449-269-0 / 978-0-85449-269-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gay Men's Press
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March 1985 : UK Paperback
Title: Corydon (Gay Modern Classics)
Author(s): Andre Gide
ISBN: 0-907040-53-5 / 978-0-907040-53-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gay Men's Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

November 1983 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Corydon
Author(s): Andre Gide
ISBN: 0-374-51777-0 / 978-0-374-51777-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

April 2015 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Corydon: A Novel
Author(s): Andre Gide
Publisher: Open Road Media
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