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First American Edition. Light wear to jacket. 1952 Hard Cover. Madeleine is the story of a great writers marriage, a deeply disturbing account of Andr Gides feelings towards his beloved and long-suffering wife. It was a relationship which Gide exaltedhe termed it the central drama of his existenceyet deliberately shrouded in mystery. This was no ordinary marriage. Madeleine Rondeaux, two years older than her cousin Andr Gide, became his wife after Gides first visit to Algeria. In his Journal, Gide refers to her as Emmanule or as Em. Only in this book, published a few months after his death, does Gide call her by her real name and painfully reveal the nature of their life together. All of Gides vast work may be viewed as a confession, impelled by his need to write what he believed to be true about himself. In Madeleine this act of confession reaches a crowning point. It is a complex tale by a complex man about a complex relationship.