Journals: v. 3

Journals: v. 3 : 1928-1939

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Beginning with a single entry for the year 1889, when he was twenty, and continuing intermittently but indefatigably through his life, the Journals of Andr Gide constitute an enlightening, moving, and endlessly fascinating chronicle of creative energy and conviction. Astutely and thoroughly annotated by Justin O'Brien in consultation with Gide himself, this translation is the definitive edition of Gide's complete journals.The complete journals, representing sixty years of a varied life, testify to a disciplined intelligence in a constantly maturing thought. These pages contain aesthetic appreciations, philosophic reflections, sustained literary criticism, notes for the composition of his works, details of his personal life and spiritual conflicts, accounts of his extensive travels, and comments on the political and social events of the day, from the Dreyfus case to the German occupation.Gide records his progress as a writer and a reader as well as his contacts and conversations with the bright lights of contemporary Europe, from Paul Valry, Paul Claudel, Lon Blum, and Auguste Rodin to Marcel Proust, Stephen Mallarm, Oscar Wilde, and Nadia Boulanger. Devoid of affectation, alternately overtaken by depression and animated by a sense of urgency and hunger for literature and beauty, Gide read voraciously, corresponded voluminously, and thought profoundly, always questioning and doubting in search of the unadulterated truth. 'The only drama that really interests me and that I should always be willing to depict anew', he wrote, 'is the debate of the individual with whatever keeps him from being authentic, with whatever is opposed to his integrity, to his integration. Most often the obstacle is within him. And all the rest is merely accidental'.show more

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  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 151.9 x 228.6 x 26.9mm | 646.94g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252069315
  • 9780252069314
  • 2,000,696

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Volume III: 1928-39 "Gide confides to this volume some of his richest thinking and makes few entries that merely concern the surface routine of his daily life. In fact, Volume Three of the 'Journals' becomes a breviary of Gide's beliefs and his notions about human happiness. All of Gide's work is, in essence, a sustained contemplation of the achieving of happiness." -- Lon Tinkle, Dallas Morning Newsshow more

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