American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Gide, André 1869-1951. French writer noted for his diaries and novels, such as The Immoralist (1902) and Lafcadio's Adventures (1914), which examine alienation and the drive for individuality in an often disapproving society. He won the 1947 Nobel Prize for literature.
- n. French author and dramatist who is regarded as the father of modern French literature (1869-1951)
“Gide comes from a Protestant family whose social position permitted him to follow his vocation freely and to devote greater attention than most others can afford to the cultivation of his personality and to his inner development.”
“Such a statement throws light on the intellectual versatility for which Gide is often blamed and misunderstood, but which has never led him to betray himself.”
“(though they raise interesting questions: I know of no study, for instance, that addresses itself to de Man's abiding interest in Gide).”
“Deleuze traced his initiation into literature and philosophy to his encounter with a teacher at Deauville named Pierre Halwachs (son of the sociologist Maurice Halwachs), who introduced him to writers such as Gide and Baudelaire.”
“It contains the lines Owen wrote in his pocketbook, and soon had translations in many other languages, including French, by André Gide, and Russian, by Boris Pasternak.”
“In subsequent generations, the principal ornament of French culture would continue to be the "writer against": Victor Hugo, Flaubert, Zola, Gide, Sartre, Derrida, Foucault.”
“According to Henri Barbusse, the characters in the novels of Proust, Gide, etc., are ‘characters whom one would dearly love to have at the other side of a barricade’.”
“What earned Montherlant so much admiration from Gide and other contemporaries was his complete sincerity, his readiness to say exactly what he wanted.”
“But instead of going on, as his mother had hoped, to the École Normale Supérieure, then as now the gateway for advancement in France, he dropped out and joined a circle of avant-garde artists and writers who congregated around the Mercure de France literary review, which included the poets Stéphane Mallarmé and Paul Valéry, the novelist André Gide, and the painters Bonnard and Vuillard.”
“The book I've read the most times is probably The Counterfeiters by André Gide.”
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