Edel, Leon
August 1953
New Republic;8/31/53, Vol. 129 Issue 5, p18
The article focuses on the book Portrait of Andre Gide, by Justin O'Brien. French writer Andre Gide sat for his portrait many times, and largely to himself, during his sixty years of creation. He made of his books a long and continuous confessional, a mirror of his adolescence and troubled manhood, a polished reflector of his meditative old age. O'Brien in his book discusses, for instance, the burning of Gide's letters by the long-suffering mother-cousin-wife in 1918, in what he believes was one's disillusionment on discovering Gide hard fallen in love with a youth; thereby ceasing to dissociate love from animal desire.


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