Autumn Leaves

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Open Road Media, Feb 14, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 300 pages
This collection of reflective essays forms a “spiritual autobiography” of André Gide, a key figure of French letters André Gide, a literary and intellectual giant of twentieth-century France, mines his memories and personal observations in this collection of essays. Gide’s reflections and commentary masterfully showcase his delicate writing style and evocative sensibility, yielding new insights on writers such as Goethe and contemporaries Joseph Conrad, Nicolas Poussin, Arthur Rimbaud, and Paul-Marie Verlaine. Through it all, Gide skillfully investigates humanity’s contradictory nature and struggles to resolve the moral, political, and religious conflicts inherent in daily life. This ebook features a new introduction by Jeanine Parisier Plottel, selected quotes, and an image gallery.
 

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Contents

Introduction
Selected Quotes
Image Gallery
Spring
Youth
My Mother
The Day of September 27
Acquasanta
Goethe
The Teaching of Poussin
Lautréamont
Arthur Rimbaud
Three Meetings with Verlaine
Literary Memories and Presentday Problems
Preface to Vol de Nuit
Preface to Some Recent Writings by Thomas Mann

Dindiki
Joseph Conrad
Francis Jammes
The Radiance of Paul Valéry
Paul Valéry
Henry Gheon 12 Eugène Dabit
Christian Beck
Antonin Artaud
Le Mercure de France 16 La Revue Blanche
Preface for a French Translation
LetterPreface to the Poems of Jean Lacaze
Justice or Charity
Courage
Truth
Two Imaginary Interviews
Leaves
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

André Gide (1869–1951), winner of the 1947 Nobel Prize for Literature, was a celebrated novelist, dramatist, and essayist whose narrative works dealt frankly with homosexuality and the struggle between artistic discipline, moralism, and sensual indulgence. Born in Paris, Gide became an influential intellectual figure in nineteenth- and twentieth-century French literature and culture. His essay collections Autumn Leaves and Oscar Wilde, among others, contributed to the public’s understanding of key figures of the day. He traveled widely and advocated for the rights of prisoners, denounced the conditions in the African colonies, and became a voice for, and then against, communism. Other notable works include The Notebooks of André Walter (1891), Corydon (1924), If It Die (1924), The Counterfeiters, and his journals, Journal 1889–1939, Journal 1939–1942, and Journal 1942–1949.

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