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Personal memories from André Gide on a guy who profoundly motivated his work—Oscar Wilde
 
André Gide, a towering determine in French letters, attracts upon his friendship with Oscar Wilde to caricature a compelling portrait of the tragic, doomed writer, either celebrated and refrained from in his time. instead of assemble a whole biography, Gide invitations us to find Wilde as he did—from their first assembly in 1891 to their ultimate parting simply years sooner than Wilde’s death—all advised via Gide’s delicate, incomparable prose.
 
Using his notes, memories, and conversations, Gide illuminates Wilde as a guy whose actual paintings was once now not writing, yet living.
 
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Four Translator’s observe: those letters seem in later versions. five I like to quote the passage from De Profundis which the English writer had strong purposes for no longer giving. (See Appendix. ) APPENDIX “Other depressing males once they are thrown into criminal, in the event that they are robbed of the wonderful thing about the area are at the very least secure in a few degree from the world’s most threatening slings, so much lousy arrows. they could disguise within the darkness in their cells and in their very shame make a style of sanctuary. the area having had its will is going its approach, and they're left to undergo undisturbed. With me it's been varied. Sorrow after sorrow has come beating on the felony doorways looking for me; they've got opened the gates broad and allow them to in. hardly ever if in any respect have my acquaintances been suffered to work out me. yet my enemies have had complete entry to me continuously; two times in my public appearances within the financial ruin court docket; two times back in my public transferences from one legal to a different have I been proven below stipulations of unspeakable humiliation to the gaze and mockery of guys. The messenger of loss of life has introduced me his tidings and long past his method; and in whole solitude and remoted from all which can provide me convenience or recommend reduction i've got needed to undergo the insupportable burden of distress and regret, which the reminiscence of my mom put upon me and areas upon me nonetheless. hardly ever has that wound been dulled, now not healed, by way of time, whilst violent and sour and cruel letters come to me from solicitors. i'm right now taunted and threatened with poverty. That i will undergo. i will be able to institution myself to worse than that; yet my young children are taken from me by way of criminal strategy. that's, and consistently will stay to me a resource of endless misery, of limitless discomfort, of grief endlessly or restrict. That the legislations should still come to a decision and take upon itself to choose that i'm one undeserving to be with my very own little ones is whatever rather terrible to me. The shame of legal is as not anything in comparison with it. I envy the opposite males who tread the backyard besides me. i'm convinced that their kids watch for them, search for their coming, might be candy to them. The bad are wiser, extra charitable, extra variety, extra delicate than we're. ” INDEX Ahab and Jezebel, 27 Alcibiades, 23 Apollo, 1 Arnauld, Michel, 35 Bacchus, 1 Ballad of analyzing Gaol, 34 Balzac, forty two, forty three Baudelaire, forty two Borgia, 6 Byron, forty Church Fathers, 27 Comédie humaine, forty three Cousin Bette (Balzac), forty two Dante, 27 Davray, Henry-D. , 34 De Profundis, 34, 35, 43-45 Disciple, The, four Dorian gray, sixteen Douglas, Lord Alfred, 33, 34 Dumas, 22 Flaubert, 15, 22, forty two, forty three Francis of Assisi, Saint, 23 Grolleau, Charles, 34 Heredia, nine condo of the useless, The, 22 excellent Husband, An, vii, viii Inferno (Dante), 27 Intentions, 34, 35, forty two, forty four Jesus, 7, eight, nine Joseph of Arimathaea, 7 Judas, 27 girl Windermere’s Fan, viii Madame Bovary (Flaubert), 22 Mallarmé, 2 Melmoth, Sebastian, 18 Muller, v Musset, forty two Napoleon, 6 Narcissus, three Nazareth, 7, eight Nero, 6 Nicholson, 22 Nietzsche, 15 Nourritures Terrestres, 19 Paradise (Dante), 27 Peau de Chagrin, sixteen Pharaoh, 27, 29 Plato, 12 Purgatory (Dante), 27 Racine, 37 Rebell, Hugues, 34 Renan, vi, xii Renaud, J.

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