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

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)
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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
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
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.
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.
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.
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