Personal reminiscences from André Gide on a guy who profoundly stimulated his work—Oscar Wilde
André Gide, a towering determine in French letters, attracts upon his friendship with Oscar Wilde to comic strip a compelling portrait of the tragic, doomed writer, either celebrated and kept away from in his time. instead of assemble an entire biography, Gide invitations us to find Wilde as he did—from their first assembly in 1891 to their ultimate parting simply years earlier than Wilde’s death—all instructed via Gide’s delicate, incomparable prose.
Using his notes, reminiscences, and conversations, Gide illuminates Wilde as a guy whose real artwork used to be now not writing, yet living.
This publication includes a new creation by way of Jeanine Parisier Plottel, chosen prices, and a picture gallery.

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Humans used to assert of me that i used to be too individualistic … certainly, my wreck got here now not from too nice individualism of existence, yet from too little. the single disgraceful, unpardonable, and to all time contemptible motion of my existence used to be to permit myself to attract society for support and defense. ” we know the tale: it was once he who introduced motion opposed to the main illustrious of his defamers and entered as accuser into “that chamber of men’s justice” … fake boldness, lack of know-how, folly! I think a Byron therefore attractive to the society which he used to be braving … “Of course,” he maintains, “once I had placed into movement the forces of society, society became on me and stated, ‘Have you been dwelling all this time in defiance of my legislation, and do you currently attract those legislation for defense? you'll have these legislation exercised to the total. You shall abide through what you've got appealed to’ the result's that i'm in gaol. ” certain, a deficiency of individualism, and that's why what he blushes at isn't really what society accuses him of, his “sins,” yet at having allowed himself to be stuck in such an damaging place; “I don’t remorse for a unmarried second having lived for excitement. I did it to the total, as one should still do every thing that one does” convinced, a deficiency of individualism, for that reason this exasperation. “Everything approximately my tragedy has been hideous, suggest, repellant, missing popular. ” Or: “Certainly no guy ever fell so ignobly, and through such ignoble tools, as I did. ” Or back: “Indeed my whole tragedy turns out to me ugly and not anything else. ”—Certainly it used to be now not for him, it truly is for us to understand its grandeur. The legal, which the previous day was once his disgrace, magnifies him and this present day provides his tragic determine an significance that can no longer were loaned for lengthy to this playboy of genius by means of the footlights of the London drawing-rooms and levels the place he paraded. From the intensity of his dungeon, he's astounded as he remembers that departed attractiveness, that glory which he rarely exaggerates; he's astounded as he now recounts it to himself. “The gods had given me nearly every little thing. ” he cries. Few males held one of these place of their personal lifetime, and feature it so said” His tongue turns out to play over the mild style of honey that continues to be on his lips. “I used to stay completely for pleasurem,” he writes, and in other places: “I stuffed my lifestyles to the very brim with excitement, as one could fill a cup to the very brim with wine. ” yet in the course of the far more than excitement, i love the key increase towards a extra major future. As he turns into much less wilful, he turns into extra consultant. This fatality was once prime him on as though there have been whatever exemplary approximately it; he occasionally deserted himself to it with out making from now on attempt to misread it: “To have persisted a similar existence could were flawed since it might were proscribing. I needed to cross on. ” This latent fatality, if i'll say so, makes the sweetness, the solidarity of his existence, and in detail illuminates his paintings. sure, the paintings of him for whom to “conceal the artist” was once “art’s goal” turns into for us, because it have been, exclusive.

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