Remy de Gourmont was a novelist, poet, playwright, and philosopher who was one of the most-penetrating contemporary critics of the French Symbolist movement. His prolific writings, many of which were translated into English, disseminated the Symbolist aesthetic doctrines.
“A Virgin Heart” is a novel, first published in 1922 and translated by Aldous Huxley. In according with preface, author had thought of qualifying this book: A Novel Without Hypocrisy or A Physiological Novel. The main theme is a human passion. A young girl is not merely a young heart, but a young human body, all complete. Such is the subject of this novel, which must, in spite of everything, be called "physiological."
Remy de Gourmont possessed one of the acutest and freest minds of his own age. He received no public honours, died poor, but since his death his books have rapidly achieved a wide circulation which continually increases. We are glad to present you one of his literary works. Enjoy the reading.