Corydon by André Gide
First published in complete book form in 1923, André Gide's masterpiece, translated from the original French by Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Howard, draws from the disciplines of biology, philosophy, and history to support the author's assertion that homosexuality is a natural human trait.
At the time of his death in 1951, having won the Nobel Prize in Literature only four years prior, André Gide was considered one of the most important literary minds of the twentieth century. In Corydon, initially released anonymously in installments between 1911 and 1920, Gide speaks his most subversive and provocative truth. Citing myriad examples that span thousands of years, Gide's Socratic dialogues argue that homosexuality is natural-in fact, far more so than the social construct of exclusive heterosexuality, the act of systematically banning or ostracizing same-sex relationships. Corydon, named for the pederast character in Virgil's Eclogues, caused its author "all kinds of trouble," according to his friends, but he regarded it as his most important work. The courage, intelligence, and prescience of Gide's argument make it all the more impressive today.
"Once past the shock that the same arguments are still having to be made, the reader will encounter in this book unexpected pleasures: civilized wit, sophistication, surprising insights." - John Rechy
"In the service of a cause close to Gide's heart . . . the book remains a touching testament. . . . A courageous endeavor . . . [a] necessary work." - The New York Times Book Review
"Nobel prize winner Gide considered this work his crowning achievement. Published in French in 1925, the book is divided into four 'dialogs' on homosexuality and its place in the world." - Library Journal
Imprint: Gay Men's Press
Publication Date: 21 March 1985