Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Andre and Oscar: The Literary Friendship of Andre Gide and Oscar Wilde” as Want to Read:
Andre and Oscar: The Literary Friendship of Andre Gide and Oscar Wilde
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

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

by
3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  35 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
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)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Edward Amato
Oct 29, 2016 Edward Amato rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Concise history of these two authors. I had read a lot about Wilde but knew nothing of Gide. Although they were both a product of their time I was discouraged about how they treated their wives and also about their predilection for boys. Too NAMBLAesque. And yet it is a double standard as young girls barely in their teens were also being married in the 19th Century.
David Gee
Apr 03, 2014 David Gee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jillian
Whew, it was tough to be gay in the day! I felt myself torn between feeling sorry for Gide + Wilde, and even sorrier for their beards: Madeline + Constance. Bosie/Lord Alfred came across as an absolute narcissist, and Wilde's tragic codependence + attachment to him was difficult to read, even though it happened forever ago. One senses that even if an uneducated society hadn't punished Wilde for being gay, Wilde would have ended up in the gutter either way due to the cruel treatment of Bosie. Thi ...more
Mike Arrr
i agree with the other comments on how this book provides very little new information on the two's relationship. you could identify Fryer's personality and leanings with what he wrote of the two, almost as blunt as an online commentator. with Gide always seeming to be unreachable and wilde a fun character, i had hoped fryer could lead me in the right direction on gide. he did not. thats ok. gide is not simple or easy to digest. i had read biographies on both gide and wilde, plus Gide's Wilde. th ...more
Charlie
Dec 13, 2014 Charlie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
"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.
Ogier
Jan 30, 2015 Ogier rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyably written, it will well serve anyone who wants to acquaint themselves with two of the greatest writes of their times. those who have already read the biographies (and Gide's auto bio of his early years) will not find much new but Fryer's style is so fluid it can be enjoyed as a second look.
Ev
Aug 31, 2012 Ev rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Patrick Reinhart
Patrick Reinhart rated it really liked it
Nov 10, 2009
Elyse
Elyse rated it really liked it
Feb 27, 2007
Milele
Milele rated it liked it
Jul 21, 2015
Djrmel
Djrmel rated it really liked it
Mar 04, 2009
Raluca
Raluca rated it liked it
Apr 25, 2013
Airene
Airene rated it really liked it
Aug 08, 2011
Kristin
Kristin rated it really liked it
May 28, 2007
Chris
Chris rated it liked it
Jun 13, 2011
Vikki Vikki
Vikki Vikki rated it it was ok
Dec 31, 2007
John  Ervin
John Ervin rated it it was amazing
Aug 15, 2009
Pietro Sciacovelli
Pietro Sciacovelli rated it liked it
Mar 10, 2015
Morticia
Morticia rated it really liked it
Feb 13, 2015
Cecily Chen
Cecily Chen rated it it was amazing
Jul 18, 2013
Robert Halbert- Pereno
Robert Halbert- Pereno rated it it was amazing
Nov 28, 2012
Rachel
Rachel rated it really liked it
Jan 15, 2010
Theresa
Theresa rated it it was amazing
Apr 30, 2013
Matthew Fox
Matthew Fox rated it liked it
Jan 21, 2014
Sonia Patnaik
Sonia Patnaik rated it really liked it
Aug 31, 2012
Titti
Titti rated it it was amazing
Apr 02, 2013
Selkie
Selkie rated it it was amazing
Nov 30, 2008
Alissa
Alissa rated it liked it
Nov 26, 2014
Octavian
Octavian rated it liked it
Aug 27, 2010
Carla
Carla rated it really liked it
Aug 01, 2012
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Share This Book