By Jocelyn Van Tuyl
The 1st whole learn of Gide’s missed wartime writings.
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Despite his fears and pessimism, however, Gide did not oppose the war on principle, and he refused to sign pacifist Félicien Challaye’s September 1939 petition calling for an immediate and unilateral end to hostilities (Hebey 158). The declaration of war found Gide in the village of Cabris on the Côte d’Azur, surrounded by the Van Rysselberghe-Herbart family39 and numerous friends. Despite the “monstrous events,” the phony war was, for Gide, a period of “calm felicity among perfect friends [. 40 Nevertheless, the writer was deeply, anxiously interested in the mounting European conflict.
To be under the influence of Jews, Freemasons, and communists (Heller 42), they believed that the review could become a valuable tool for Franco-German collaboration under the leadership of their chosen editor, Drieu La Rochelle. , focusing on the difficult choices made by Gaston Gallimard, Jean Paulhan, and André Gide as typical of those facing other publishers, editors, and writers in wartime France. F. F. F. and the writings by Jacques Chardonne that led to the rupture. F. and Gide’s first, tentative opposition to Vichy concludes the chapter.
S. S. 1 The following year saw the publication of Gide’s Journal, 1889–1939 and of the fifteenth and final volume of his Œuvres complètes. Yet the book was not closed, for the approaching war forced Gide to take political positions even as it plunged him into the greatest political confusion he had ever known. On 30 September 1938, the leaders of France, Britain, Italy, and Germany signed the Munich Agreement, thus condoning Germany’s annexation of the Sudetenland. To many Europeans, the pact meant to secure “peace in our time”2 came as a welcome relief.