If It Die . . .: An Autobiography

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This is the major autobiographical statement from Nobel laureate André Gide. In the events and musings recorded here we find the seeds of those themes that obsessed him throughout his career and imbued his classic novels The Immoralist and The Counterfeiters.

Gide led a life of uncompromising self-scrutiny, and his literary works resembled moments of that life. With If It Die, Gide determined to relay without sentiment or embellishment the circumstances of his childhood and the...

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Overview


This is the major autobiographical statement from Nobel laureate André Gide. In the events and musings recorded here we find the seeds of those themes that obsessed him throughout his career and imbued his classic novels The Immoralist and The Counterfeiters.

Gide led a life of uncompromising self-scrutiny, and his literary works resembled moments of that life. With If It Die, Gide determined to relay without sentiment or embellishment the circumstances of his childhood and the birth of his philosophic wanderings, and in doing so to bring it all to light. Gide’s unapologetic account of his awakening homosexual desire and his portrait of Oscar Wilde and Lord Alfred Douglas as they indulged in debauchery in North Africa are thrilling in their frankness and alone make If It Die an essential companion to the work of a twentieth-century literary master.

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?Brilliant... As a novelist and critic Gide has many times presented us with his spiritual autobiography: here are the facts of his life.??The New York Times
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The French Nobel prize winner released his autobiography in 1935, roughly 16 years before his death. In it he traces the events that led to his literary career, beginning with his boyhood when he would become fixated on objects as different as plants and pianos. Wherever his focus fell, he would study the subject voraciously. Eventually books became his passion, which naturally led to writing. Though very strict with himself, he still led a bisexual lifestyle, which he also discusses with candor. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375726064
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/8/2001
  • Series: Vintage International Series
  • Edition description: VINTAGE
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.22 (w) x 7.91 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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