The Fruits of the Earth by André Gide

The Fruits of the Earth (French: Les nourritures terrestres) is a prose-poem by André Gide, published in France in 1897. The book was written in 1895 (the year of Gide's marriage) and appeared in a review in 1896 before publication the next year. Gide admitted to the intellectual influence of Nietzsche's Also Sprach Zarathustra but the true genesis was the author's own journey from the deforming influence of his puritanical religious upbringing to liberation in the arms of North African boys. Andre Maurois draws attention to the similarity of moral outlook between the two works in these words: "Like Thus Spake Zarathustra, Les Nourritures Terrestres is a gospel in the root sense of the word: glad tidings. Tidings about the meaning of life addressed to a dearly loved disciple whom Gide calls Nathanael." "Nathaniel" comes from the Hebrew name נְתַנְאֵל, "Nethan'el", meaning "God has given".The book has three characters: the narrator, the narrator's teacher, Menalque, and the young Nathanael. Menalque has two lessons to impart through the narrator. The first is to flee families, rules, stability. Gide himself suffered so much from "snug homes" that he harped on its dangers all his life. The second is to seek adventure, excess, fervor; one should loathe the lukewarm, security, all tempered feelings. "Not affection, Nathanael: love ..." A subtly structured collection of lyrical fragments, reminiscences, poems, travel notes, and aphorisms, the book came to command such a following after World War I that Gide wrote a preface stressing the work's self-critical dimension. Nevertheless it influenced a generation of young writers, including the existentialists Albert Camus and Jean-Paul Sartre, to cast off all that is artificial or merely conventional. In Roger Martin du Gard’s The Thibaults, two of the main characters, Jacques Thibault and Daniel de Fontanin, are deeply changed after reading the book.

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
Fruits of the Earth Mass Market Paperback 21873714 $2.00 1965
Fruits of the Earth Hardcover 1451009 $24.93 $0.01 1992
Fruits of the Earth (Vintage Classics) Paperback 292338 $12.69 $18.00 2002
The Mother Earth News Guide to Vegetable Gardening: Building and Maintaining Healthy Soil * Wise Watering * Pest Control Strategies * Home Composting ... of Growing Guides for Fruits and Vegetables Paperback 443820 $2.50 $2.39 2017
Keeping the Harvest: Discover the Homegrown Goodness of Putting Up Your Own Fruits, Vegetables & Herbs (Down-to-Earth Book) Paperback 3225992 $9.82 $5.80 1991
Mother Earth's Children: The Frolics of the Fruits and Vegetables Paperback 1086630 $10.95 $19.12 2017
Mother Earth's Children: The Frolics of the Fruits and Vegetables Paperback 3962900 $10.95 $15.12 2018
Mother Earth's Children: The Frolics of the Fruits and Vegetables (Classic Reprint) Hardcover 4542489 $49.68 2018
Fruits of the Earth (New Canadian Library) Mass Market Paperback 5864154 $60.15 $1.82 1989
Mother Earth's Children: The Frolics of the Fruits and Vegetables Hardcover 172759 $21.95 $8.97 2015
Mother Earth's Children Hardcover 2199292 $73.83 $14.95 2001
Mother Earth's Children: The Frolics of the Fruits and Vegetables Kindle Edition 3215131 2014
The fruits of the earth Hardcover 2628234 $277.61 $68.00
Fruits Of The Earth Paperback 4487273 $71.02 $5.59
The Mother Earth News Guide to Vegetable Gardening Kindle Edition 811652 2017
Mother Earth's Children (Illustrated): The Frolics of the Fruits and Vegetables Kindle Edition 5166843 2015
Mother Earth's Children: The Frolics of the Fruits and Vegetables - Scholar's Choice Edition Paperback 15105107 $869.56 2015
Fruits of the Earth Paperback 13837518 $19.72 $5.48 2008
Fruits of the Earth (Twentieth Century Classics) Paperback 4528142 $243.30 $9.61 1990
Fruits of the Earth (Vintage Classics) by Andre Gide (2002-03-07) Paperback 4593929 $24.04
Keeping the Harvest: Preserving Your Fruits, Vegetables and Herbs (Down-to-Earth Book) Paperback 217729 $8.99 $2.31 1991
Passion Fruit: Saving the Earth by Coming Out Paperback 5115196 $8.99 2018