Louis Kronenberger: Gide's "The Immoralist", April 20, 1930

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"from a heterosexual liaison to a homosexual one"

In The New York Times Book Review, critic Louis Kronenberger described the subject of Andre Gide's novel The Immporalist as proceeding "from a heterosexual liaison to a homosexual one."

The ability to slip between the hetero and homo categories was referred to rather casually as one human possibility.

This is one of the earliest uses in The Times of the hetero/homo binary. (For an earlier usage of both terms see: ???????.)[1]


  1. Adapted from Jonathan Ned Katz, The Invention of Heterosexuality (NY: Dutton, March 1995), page 93, note 32 on page ??? which cites: Louis Kronenberger, review of Andre Gide's The Immoralist, translated by Dorothy Bussy (New York: Knopf), New York Times Book Review, April 20, 1930, page 9.

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