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Andr Gide's lifelong fascination with the conventions of society led naturally to a strong interest in France's judicial system. At the age of sixty Gide published Judge Not, a collection of writings detailing his own experiences with the law as well as his thoughts on truth, justice, and judgment.

Gide's obsession with crime and punishment was not just a morbid hobby; rather, it struck at the heart of his themes as a writer. In the literary tradition of Dostoyevsky and Conrad, Gide frequently used criminals as central characters to explore human nature and the individual's place in society.

In the first essay in Judge Not, "A Memoir of the Assize Court," Gide writes about his experience as a juror in several trials, including that of an arsonist (Gide actively sought jury duty, so great was his interest in legal matters). In "The Redureau Case" and "The Confined Woman of Poitiers" Gide analyzes two famous crimes of his day, an inexplicable slaughter by Marcel Redureau, a docile fifteen-year-old vineyard laborer who violently murdered his employer's family, and the respected Monnier family's confinement of their daughter, Blanche. Both cases fascinated Gide--elements of each would appear in his later fiction--and he looks closely at the facts of each as they came out in court. In addition, in "News Items" Gide analyzes the way newspapers present crime narratives, drawing from the hundreds of press clippings he collected throughout his life.

Andr Gide (1869-1951) wrote The Counterfeiters; several brief works of fiction including Strait Is the Gate and The Immoralist; a number of plays; and several works of literary criticism. He won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1947 and in 1950 was made an honorary corresponding member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Benjamin Ivry has translated from the French Vanished Splendors: The Memoirs of Balthus, Raoul Dufy's My Doctor, Wine, and Jules Verne's Magellania, among other books. He is the author of the poetry collection Paradise for the Portuguese Queen as well as the biographies Francis Poulenc, Arthur Rimbaud, and Maurice Ravel: A Life.

 
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Hardback Editions

August 2003 : USA Hardback
Title: Judge Not
Author(s): Andre Gide
ISBN: 0-252-02844-9 / 978-0-252-02844-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
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Paperback Editions

July 2010 : USA Paperback
Title: Judge Not
Author(s): Andre Gide
ISBN: 0-252-07778-4 / 978-0-252-07778-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
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