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Andre and Oscar: The Literary Friendship of Andre Gide and Oscar Wilde

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In the Autumn of 1891, Oscar Wilde set about conquering literary Paris. Gide was dazzled by the Irishman's energy and verve, but was driven to the edge of a nervous breakdown by Wilde's merciless paradoxes and questioning of religious faith. The two writers met repeatedly over the next ten years in France, Italy, and North Africa, both before and after Wilde's imprisonment...more
Paperback, 268 pages
Published April 15th 1998 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published May 5th 1997)
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David Gee
Not a recent book (published in 1997) but one I've only just caught up with. Jonathan Fryer has written a short and entertaining study of the friendship between Oscar Wilde and Andre Gide. They first met in 1891 when Wilde wowed literary Paris on an early visit, even before his first play (Lady Windermere's Fan) took London by storm.

The pair were friends but never, we're told, lovers. They both liked younger men or in Gide's case young boys. He hung out with pre-adolescent boys on extended holi...more
"Andre & Oscar" was not a bad read, really, but if you've read anything about either of the two titular fellows, then this book has no merit. Rather than delving into the relationship between Wilde and Gide, it just provides the briefest of biographies of both (the book's not quite 250 pages long) in the glossiest of manners, and only occasionally in the narrative do their lives even coalesce. Honestly, I'm a little baffled at the fact it was published.
So far a fun juxtposition of very diffrent authors and their friendship. I love how this book reflects how relationships shape a person, their work and art. Probably only for nerd like me so I only give it 4 stars.
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