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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
Hardcover, 214 pages
Published April 1st 1998 by St. Martin's Press (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
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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
Ogier
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.
Charlie VandenBos
"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.
Ev
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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