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A biographical account of the cross-channel literary relationship between Oscar Wilde and Andre Gide which charts the Gide-Wilde friendship and provides an insight into the international gay community and accompanying moral climate of the 1890s.


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A biographical account of the cross-channel literary relationship between Oscar Wilde and Andre Gide which charts the Gide-Wilde friendship and provides an insight into the international gay community and accompanying moral climate of the 1890s.

30 review for André & Oscar: Gide, Wilde And The Gay Art Of Living

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jim Jones

    While there is no doubt that Andre Gide was greatly influenced in his life and writing by Oscar Wilde, the two only met a handful of times. Therefore, I wondered how Jonathon Fryer would turn their relationship into a 200+ page book. It turns out most of it is a rehash of Wilde’s and Gide’s biographies, which have been documented much more skillfully by other writers. This book is for the general reader, filled with slang and cliché, and has little to offer to our understanding of either writer. While there is no doubt that Andre Gide was greatly influenced in his life and writing by Oscar Wilde, the two only met a handful of times. Therefore, I wondered how Jonathon Fryer would turn their relationship into a 200+ page book. It turns out most of it is a rehash of Wilde’s and Gide’s biographies, which have been documented much more skillfully by other writers. This book is for the general reader, filled with slang and cliché, and has little to offer to our understanding of either writer. A big disappointment.

  2. 4 out of 5

    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 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 holidays in North Africa (much as gays still do today!). Fryer thinks that his relations with these youngsters were probably platonic, adoration rather than molestation, but he was lucky not to have suffered a greater shame than Wilde. The rise and fall of Oscar Wilde is an oft-told tale, but Fryer's very readable style and admirable economy of words offers a enjoyable 'overflight' of the familiar ground of Oscar's fatal friendships with Alfred Douglas and the Piccadilly rent-boys they shared. He quotes Wilde's most painful letter from Reading Gaol to his old chum Robbie Ross: "I curse myself night and day for my folly in allowing him [Bosie] to dominate my life." And yet he resumed this dangerous liaison after his release, causing Constance, his wife, to cut off the allowance she was generously paying him. He died, as we know, penuriously, losing the battle with the wallpaper in a Parisian hotel. Gide's story may be less familiar. He seems to have been massively up himself, as we would say today but, like Oscar, he was a prolific letter-writer and a sharp observer of humankind. After his first meeting with Lord Alfred in wintry Algiers in 1895, Gide described him in letters to his mother as 'Byronic [and] devoured by an unhealthy thirst for infamy'. With considerable prescience he also writes: 'If Wilde's plays in London didn't run for 300 performances, and if the Prince of Wales didn't attend his first nights, he would be in prison, and Lord Douglas [sic] as well.' There's an element of hypocrisy in all this: Andre was only too keen to have some of Bosie's teenage Arab rent-boys passed on to him. Gide married his adored cousin Madeleine: a sexless and ultimately loveless union. Over time he came to treat her as shabbily as Oscar did Constance, flagrantly pursuing rent-boys on the streets of Paris and even fathering a child with a mistress. It was easy 120 years ago - it still is - for a woman to marry a man not knowing he was actually gay. Wilde and Gide's treatment of their wives would be deemed marital cruelty today. Jonathan Fryer has clearly done scrupulous research, but he is not overawed by the eminence of the writers he is exhuming and avails himself of a few opportunities to take the piss. Of Oscar's own account of the 'frenzy' with which he completed the writing of his banned play Salome after listening to a gypsy band on a Parisian boulevard, the biographer comments: "Like many of Oscar's stories, this is entertaining nonsense." He reminds us of Wilde's famous pronouncement (to Gide in Algiers) that "he had put his genius into his life but only his talent into his works." Was Oscar Wilde a genius? Clearly he was a gifted playwright, but his comedies are not in the same league as Shakespeare's. You could make a case for Moliere and Coward being just as brilliant satirists of their times, even Joe Orton and Alan Ayckbourn, but do any of them deserve to be called geniuses? Genius is a word we should perhaps use more sparingly. Gide lived twice as long as Wilde, dying at 82 in 1951. After selling his daring novels and travel books in pitifully small quantities for many years, he finally broke through to the big time and was even awarded a Nobel Prize. Oscar won no prizes and was awarded only infamy, but his plays have already given him a degree of immortality - something that may not happen to Monsieur Gide.

  3. 4 out of 5

    J

    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 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. This book should almost be required reading for anyone in a toxic relationship. Favorite bits of this book: p. 19 (From a preface from Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde) :: "All Art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol do so at their peril." + p. 204 (This was after Wilde's release from prison.) "Lord Alfred expected Oscar to want to pick things up exactly where they had left off. But Oscar's life was a work of art, and an artist should never do the same thing twice." Oh! If only that line above could have been so.......... !

  4. 4 out of 5

    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 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. this book was an easy read. i let fryer take me where he wanted to lead me. when i came across this book, i was excited to find an entire book on the subject of there friendship. but now that i've finished reading it, other than a few scenes fryer clarified on robbie and madeleine, i did not come away with a sharper understanding on the two's relationship or background of the time.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Charlie

    "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. "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.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Edward Amato

    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.

  7. 4 out of 5

    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. 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.

  8. 4 out of 5

    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.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Patrick Reinhart

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    John Ervin

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  22. 4 out of 5

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    Robert Halbert- Pereno

  25. 5 out of 5

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  29. 5 out of 5

    Titti

  30. 5 out of 5

    Selkie

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