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Fruits of the Earth

Fruits of the Earth

(1897)
A collection of poems by

 
During the author's travels, he meets Menalcas, a caricature of Oscar Wilde, who relates his fantastic life story. But for all his brilliance, Menalcas is only Gide's yesterday self, a discarded wraith who leaves Gide free to stop exalting the ego and embrace bodily and spiritual joy. "Later Fruits of the Earth", written in 1935 during Gide's short-lived spell of communism, reaffirms the doctrine of the earlier book. But now he sees happiness not as freedom, but a submission to heroism. In a series of 'Encounters', Gide describes a Negro tramp, a drowned child, a lunatic and other casualties of life. These reconcile him to suffering, death and religion, causing him to insist that 'today's Utopia' be 'tomorrow's reality'.

 
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Paperback Editions

March 2002 : UK Paperback
Title: Fruits Of The Earth (Vintage Classics)
Author(s): Andre Gide
ISBN: 0-09-943783-X / 978-0-09-943783-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage Classics
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April 1990 : UK Paperback
Title: Fruits of the Earth (Twentieth Century Classics)
Author(s): Andre Gide
ISBN: 0-14-018095-8 / 978-0-14-018095-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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January 1970 : UK Paperback
Title: Fruits of the Earth (Penguin Modern Classics)
Author(s): Andre Gide
ISBN: 0-14-003178-2 / 978-0-14-003178-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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