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Edmund White - Author

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Edmund White was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1940. He teaches at Princeton University. He is an officer of the Ordre des Arts et Lettres.
 

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The Unpunished Vice A Life of Reading

The Unpunished Vice A Life of Reading

Author: Edmund White Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/06/2018

An insightful account of the key role reading has played in the life of literary icon Edmund White Edmund White made his name as a writer, but he remembers his life through the books he read. For White, each momentous occasion came with books to match: Proust's Remembrance of Things Past, which opened up the seemingly closed world of homosexuality while he was at boarding school in Michigan; the Ezra Pound poems adored by a lover he followed to New York; the biography of Stephen Crane that inspired one of White's novels. Blending memoir and literary criticism, The Unpunished Vice is a compendium of all the ways reading has shaped White's life and work. His larger-than-life presence on the literary scene - he is close friends with giants including Michael Ondaatje and Joyce Carol Oates - lends itself to fascinating, intimate insights into the lives of some of the world's best-loved cultural figures. With characteristic wit and candour, he recalls reading Henry James to Peggy Guggenheim in her private gondola in Venice, and phone calls at eight o'clock in the morning to Vladimir Nabokov - who once said that White was his favourite American writer. The Unpunished Vice is a wickedly smart and insightful account of a life in literature.

The Unpunished Vice A Life of Reading

The Unpunished Vice A Life of Reading

Author: Edmund White Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/06/2018

An insightful account of the key role reading has played in the life of literary icon Edmund White Edmund White made his name as a writer, but he remembers his life through the books he read. For White, each momentous occasion came with books to match: Proust's Remembrance of Things Past, which opened up the seemingly closed world of homosexuality while he was at boarding school in Michigan; the Ezra Pound poems adored by a lover he followed to New York; the biography of Stephen Crane that inspired one of White's novels. Blending memoir and literary criticism, The Unpunished Vice is a compendium of all the ways reading has shaped White's life and work. His larger-than-life presence on the literary scene - he is close friends with giants including Michael Ondaatje and Joyce Carol Oates - lends itself to fascinating, intimate insights into the lives of some of the world's best-loved cultural figures. With characteristic wit and candour, he recalls reading Henry James to Peggy Guggenheim in her private gondola in Venice, and phone calls at eight o'clock in the morning to Vladimir Nabokov - who once said that White was his favourite American writer. The Unpunished Vice is a wickedly smart and insightful account of a life in literature.

Melville A Novel

Melville A Novel

Author: Edmund White, Jean Giono, Paul Eprile Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/09/2017

Our Young Man

Our Young Man

Author: Edmund White Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/05/2017

`Has everyone always been in love with you? Of course they have, who am I kidding? What did they say about Helen of Troy? That her face launched a thousand ships? That's you, you're that beautiful. A thousand ships' New York City in the eighties, and at its decadent heart is Guy. The darling of Fire Island's gay community and one of New York's top male models, Guy is gliding his way to riches that are a world away from his modest provincial upbringing back home in France. Like some modern-day Dorian Gray he seems untouched by time: the decades pass, fashions change, yet his beauty remains as transcendent and captivating as ever. Such looks cannot help but bring him adoration. From sweet yet pathetic Fred to the wealthy and masochistic Baron, from the acerbic and cynical Pierre-Georges to Andre, fabricating Dali fakes and hurtling towards prison and the abyss, all are in some way fixated on him. In return for the devotion and expensive gifts they lavish on him, he plays with unswerving loyalty whatever role they project onto him: unattainable idol, passionate lover, malleable client. But just as the years are catching up on his smooth skin and perfect body, so his way of life is closing in on him and destroying the men he loves. Edmund White has in Our Young Man created some of the richest representations of gay male identity, from the disco era to the age of AIDs. What links them all is the allure and enchantment they find in beauty. Revelling in its magic, Our Young Man nonetheless slips beneath the seductive surface to examine its dangerous depths, exploring its power to fascinate, enslave and deceive. Mesmerising, blackly comic, and delicately crafted, this is an exquisite novel from a contemporary master.

Die Gaben der Schonheit

Die Gaben der Schonheit

Author: Edmund White Format: eBook Release Date: 15/02/2017

Guy hat es geschafft: Aus der Armut der franzosischen Provinz hat er den Olymp der Modewelt im New York der Achtziger erklommen. Reihenweise erliegen die Manner seiner Schonheit, die ihn im Sommer zur groten Attraktion Fire Islands macht. Wie ein moderner Dorian Grey scheint er niemals zu altern und wird von alteren Verehrern mit Geschenken uberhauft - bis ihn die Zeit schlielich einholt und sein Leben fur immer verandert. In seinem eleganten wie geistreichen Roman schwelgt Edmund White in der Magie der Schonheit, um im nachsten Moment ihre Oberflache zu durchdringen und ihre Macht zu ergrunden - die Macht, zu faszinieren, zu tauschen, zu beherrschen.

A Boy's Own Story

A Boy's Own Story

Author: Edmund White Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/06/2016

With an introduction by Alan Hollinghurst. It was his power that stupefied me and made me regard my knowledge as nothing more than hired cleverness he might choose to show off at a dinner party. A Boy's Own Story traces an unnamed narrator's coming-of-age during the 1950s. Beset by aloof parents, a cruel sister, and relentless mocking from his peers, the boy struggles with his sexuality, seeking consolation in art and literature, and in his own fantastic imagination as he fills his head with romantic expectations. The result is a book of exquisite poignancy and humour that moves towards a conclusion which will allow the boy to leave behind his childhood forever. Originally published in 1982 as the first of Edmund White's trilogy of autobiographical novels, A Boy's Own Story became an instant classic for its pioneering portrayal of homosexuality. Lyrical and powerfully evocative, this is an American literary treasure.

Our Young Man

Our Young Man

Author: Edmund White Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/06/2016

`Has everyone always been in love with you? Of course they have, who am I kidding? What did they say about Helen of Troy? That her face launched a thousand ships? That's you, you're that beautiful. A thousand ships' New York City in the eighties, and at its decadent heart is Guy. The darling of Fire Island's gay community and one of New York's top male models, Guy is gliding his way to riches that are a world away from his modest provincial upbringing back home in France. Like some modern-day Dorian Gray he seems untouched by time: the decades pass, fashions change, yet his beauty remains as transcendent and captivating as ever. Such looks cannot help but bring him adoration. From sweet yet pathetic Fred to the wealthy and masochistic Baron, from the acerbic and cynical Pierre-Georges to Andre, fabricating Dali fakes and hurtling towards prison and the abyss, all are in some way fixated on him. In return for the devotion and expensive gifts they lavish on him, he plays with unswerving loyalty whatever role they project onto him: unattainable idol, passionate lover, malleable client. But just as the years are catching up on his smooth skin and perfect body, so his way of life is closing in on him and destroying the men he loves. Edmund White has in Our Young Man created some of the richest representations of gay male identity, from the disco era to the age of AIDs. What links them all is the allure and enchantment they find in beauty. Revelling in its magic, Our Young Man nonetheless slips beneath the seductive surface to examine its dangerous depths, exploring its power to fascinate, enslave and deceive. Mesmerising, blackly comic, and delicately crafted, this is an exquisite novel from a contemporary master.

Our Young Man

Our Young Man

Author: Edmund White Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/06/2016

`Has everyone always been in love with you? Of course they have, who am I kidding? What did they say about Helen of Troy? That her face launched a thousand ships? That's you, you're that beautiful. A thousand ships' New York City in the eighties, and at its decadent heart is Guy. The darling of Fire Island's gay community and one of New York's top male models, Guy is gliding his way to riches that are a world away from his modest provincial upbringing back home in France. Like some modern-day Dorian Gray he seems untouched by time: the decades pass, fashions change, yet his beauty remains as transcendent and captivating as ever. Such looks cannot help but bring him adoration. From sweet yet pathetic Fred to the wealthy and masochistic Baron, from the acerbic and cynical Pierre-Georges to Andre, fabricating Dali fakes and hurtling towards prison and the abyss, all are in some way fixated on him. In return for the devotion and expensive gifts they lavish on him, he plays with unswerving loyalty whatever role they project onto him: unattainable idol, passionate lover, malleable client. But just as the years are catching up on his smooth skin and perfect body, so his way of life is closing in on him and destroying the men he loves. Edmund White has in Our Young Man created some of the richest representations of gay male identity, from the disco era to the age of AIDs. What links them all is the allure and enchantment they find in beauty. Revelling in its magic, Our Young Man nonetheless slips beneath the seductive surface to examine its dangerous depths, exploring its power to fascinate, enslave and deceive. Mesmerising, blackly comic, and delicately crafted, this is an exquisite novel from a contemporary master.

The Flaneur A Stroll through the Paradoxes of Paris

The Flaneur A Stroll through the Paradoxes of Paris

Author: Edmund White Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/04/2016

Der Flaneur

Der Flaneur

Author: Edmund White Format: eBook Release Date: 01/02/2016

Paris, das ist mehr als Notre-Dame und Moulin Rouge. Edmund White ladt uns ein zu einem besonderen Spaziergang durch die franzosische Hauptstadt: Fernab der groen Attraktionen fuhrt er uns in vertraumte Cafes, versteckte Museen und geheimnisvolle Orte wie das Hotel de Lauzun, in dem der junge Baudelaire ein- und ausging. Auf den Spuren groer Schriftsteller wie Hemingway, Balzac und Rilke lasst White die Boheme vergangener Zeiten lebendig werden und beschwort zugleich das brodelnde Lebensgefuhl einer multikulturellen, modernen Metropole. Eine leichtfuige Annaherung an Paris und sein Lebensgefuhl - und ein Buch uber den Genuss des Flanierens.

City Boy

City Boy

Author: Edmund White Format: eBook Release Date: 03/10/2015

In den Sechzigern und Siebzigern war New York eine gefahrliche, chaotische und turbulente Stadt. Es war die Stadt von William Burroughs, Susan Sontag, Robert Mapplethorpe - und Edmund White. Mit schonungsloser Offenheit, mit Witz und Eleganz beschreibt White in seinen Erinnerungen das Leben der Boheme dieser bewegten Jahre an einem Ort, an dem alles moglich schien. "e;City Boy"e; beschwort die lebendige Kunstler- und Intellektuellenszene und die berauschende Atmosphare New Yorks mit beeindruckender Klarheit, Brillanz und einem unvergleichlichen Gespur fur den Augenblick.

The Flaneur

The Flaneur

Author: Edmund White Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/02/2015

A flaneur is a stroller, a loiterer, someone who ambles without apparent purpose but is secretly attuned to the history of the streets he walks - and is in covert search of adventure, aesthetic or erotic. Acclaimed writer Edmund White, who lived in Paris for sixteen years, wanders through the avenues and along the quays, into parts of the city virtually unknown to visitors and indeed to many locals, luring the reader into the fascinating and seductive backstreets of his personal Paris.

Inside a Pearl My Years in Paris

Inside a Pearl My Years in Paris

Author: Edmund White Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/02/2015

Edmund White was forty-three years old when he moved to Paris in 1983. He spoke no French and knew just two people in the entire city, but soon discovered the anxieties and pleasures of mastering a new culture. White fell passionately in love with Paris, its beauty in the half-light and eternal mists; its serenity compared with the New York he had known. Intoxicated and intellectually stimulated by its culture, he became the definitive biographer of Jean Genet, wrote lives of Marcel Proust and Arthur Rimbaud. Frequent trips across the Channel to literary parties in London begot friendships with Julian Barnes, Alan Hollinghurst, Martin Amis and many others. When he left, fifteen years later, to return to the US, he was fluent enough to broadcast on French radio and TV, and as a journalist had made the acquaintance of everyone from Yves St Laurent to Catherine Deneuve to Michel Foucault. He'd also developed a close friendship with an older woman, Marie-Claude, through whom he'd come to a deeper understanding of French life. Inside a Pearl vividly recalls those fertile years, and offers a brilliant examination of a city and a culture eternally imbued with an aura of enchantment.

States of Desire Revisited Travels in Gay America

States of Desire Revisited Travels in Gay America

Author: Edmund White Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/07/2014

States of Desire Revisited looks back from the twenty-first century at a pivotal moment in the late 1970s: Gay Liberation was a new and flourishing movement of creative culture, political activism, and sexual freedom, just before the 1980s devastation of AIDS. Edmund White traveled America, recording impressions of gay individuals and communities that remain perceptive and captivating today. He noted politicos in D.C. working the system, in-fighting radicals in New York and San Francisco, butch guys in Houston and self-loathing but courteous gentlemen in Memphis, the Fifties in Deep Freeze in Kansas City, progressive thinkers with conservative style in Minneapolis and Portland, wealth and beauty in Los Angeles, and, in Santa Fe, a desert retreat for older gays and lesbians since the 1920s. White frames those past travels with a brief, bracing review of gay America since the 1970s ( now we were all supposed to settle down with a partner in the suburbs and adopt a Korean daughter ), and a reflection on how Internet culture has diminished unique gay places and scenes but brought isolated individuals into a global GLBTQ community.

Jack Holmes and His Friend

Jack Holmes and His Friend

Author: Edmund White Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/01/2013

Jack Holmes is suffering from unrequited love. It doesn't look as if there will ever be anyone else he falls for: the other men he takes to bed never stay for long. Jack's friend Will Wright comes from old stock, has aspirations to be a writer and, like Jack, works on the Northern Review. Jack will introduce Will to the beautiful, brittle young woman he will marry, but is discreet about his own adventures in love - for this is sixties New York, literary and intense, before gay liberation; a concoction of old society, bohemians rich and poor, sleek European immigrants and transplanted Midwesterners. Against this charged backdrop, the different lives of Jack and Will intertwine, and as their loves come and go, they will always be, at the very least, friends.

Jack Holmes und sein Freund

Jack Holmes und sein Freund

Author: Edmund White Format: eBook Release Date: 28/11/2012

New York, Anfang der Sechziger: Jack Holmes hat sich in einen Mann verliebt. Das Objekt seiner Begierde, der junge Schriftsteller Will, arbeitet gemeinsam mit Jack fur ein Kunstmagazin. Die beiden werden gute Freunde, auch wenn Jacks unerfullte Sehnsucht dadurch nur noch leidenschaftlicher und verzweifelter wird. Immer wieder kommt er Will nahe - und immer wieder fragt er sich, ob sich sein Traum je erfullen wird. Mit Leichtigkeit und Eleganz erzahlt Edmund White die Geschichte einer Freundschaft, die Jack und Will durch die Jahrzehnte tragt.

City Boy My Life in New York During the 1960s and 1970s

City Boy My Life in New York During the 1960s and 1970s

Author: Edmund White Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/01/2011

In the New Y ork of the 1970s, in the wake of Stonewall and in the midst of economic collapse, you might find the likes of Jasper Johns and William Burroughs at the next cocktail party, and you were as likely to be caught arguing Marx at the New York City Ballet as cruising for sex in the warehouses and parked trucks along the Hudson. This is the New York that Edmund White portrays in City Boy: a place of enormous intrigue and artistic tumult. Combining the no-holds-barred confession and yearning of A Boy's Own Story with the easy erudition and sense of place of The Flaneur, this is the story of White's years in 1970s New York, bouncing from intellectual encounters with Susan Sontag and Harold Brodkey to erotic entanglements downtown to the burgeoning gay scene of artists and writers. I t's a moving, candid, brilliant portrait of a time and place, full of encounters with famous names and cultural icons. CRITICAL PRAISE: City Boy seems effortless in its tone; it is seamless, wise, funny and charming. The New York described in the book is history now, but history that has made an essential difference to the way we live now. Edmund White evokes the main players in the culture of the city, all of whom he knew, with clarity and with brilliantly-chosen detail and sense of the moment. -Colm Toibin

Chaos

Chaos

Author: Edmund White Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/01/2010

What happens when a life implodes? When a respected older man, a product of the liberated 1970s, is incapable of cleaning up his act for the twenty-first century? When he pursues sex with a rabidity his body and his reputation can no longer sustain? In this collection, which features two new, previously unpublished stories, Edmund White explores different aspects of ageing, romance and sex. Taking an unsparing look at gay midlife, these stories are not fiction devoted to the dim splendours and miseries of the past but rather to the unsettling, irresistible claims of the present. Age remains one of the great taboos of gay culture, but Edmund White, as iconoclastic as ever, writes about maturity with the same precision and insight he brought to adolescence in A Boy's Own Story. Edmund White has always been the ideal travelling companion, as he demonstrated in The Flaneur; here, he invites the reader to accompany him to Florida, the Greek Isles, and Turkey - and into the chaotic gay demimonde of contemporary New York.

Rimbaud The Double Life of a Rebel

Rimbaud The Double Life of a Rebel

Author: Edmund White Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2009

Poet and prodigy Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891) died young but his extraordinary poetry continues to influence and inspire - fans include Dylan, Jim Morrison, Patti Smith. His long poem Un Saison en Enfer and his collection Illuminations are central to the modern canon. Having sworn off writing at the age of twenty-one, Rimbaud drifted around the world from scheme to scheme, ultimately dying from an infection contracted while gun-running in Africa. He was thirty-seven. Distinguished biographer, novelist, and memoirist Edmund White brilliantly explores the young poet's relationships with his family and his teachers, as well as his notorious affair with the older and more established poet Paul Verlaine. He reveals the longing for a utopian life of the future and the sexual taboos that haunt Rimbaud's works, offering incisive interpretations of the poems and his own artful translations to bring us closer to this great and mercurial poet.

Terre Haute

Terre Haute

Author: Edmund White Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/04/2009

Drama/ 2m A famous author comes face-to-face with America's most notorious terrorist. One has a story to write, the other has a story to tell. As the clock ticks on death row, a strange bond grows between the two men. Filled with clever sparring and raw emotion, this is a tuat drama that touches on the definitions of freedom and the need for love. The Daily Telegraph in London hailed Terre Haute as, topical, transgressive and thrillingly dramatic. White has captured the amusingly constricted voices of the patrician novelist and the plebian terrorist cannily and cogently. -Charles Isherwood, The New York Times ...provides us a concise and haunting retelling of the facts, plus an imaginative and realistic creation of 'what could have been'. -broadwayworld.com

Hotel de Dream

Hotel de Dream

Author: Edmund White Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/09/2008

The famed writer Stephen Crane is travelling to a German clinic in search of a cure for the tuberculosis that threatens his life. Knowing it may be his last chance, he dictates the story of 'The Painted Boy', inspired by a real-life encounter. But as the story delves into the seedy underworld of turn-of-the-century Manhattan, Crane's health deteriorates and the outcome of the story becomes as critical as the author's life itself.

Terre Haute

Terre Haute

Author: Edmund White Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/04/2007

A famous author comes face-to-face with America's most notorious terrorist. One has a story to write,the other has a story to tell. As the clock ticks on Death Row, the bond between the two men grows. Terre Haute is inspired by Gore Vidal's famous essays on Oklahoma bomber Timothy McVeigh. A scorching new play by one of America's greatest living writers, it premiered to critical acclaim at the Edinbrugh Fringe Festival in August 2006, before touring the UK in spring 2007.

Arts and Letters

Arts and Letters

Author: Edmund White Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/02/2006

Genet

Genet

Author: Edmund White Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/2004

FROM THE AUTHOR OF A BOY'S OWN STORY AND THE FAREWELL SYMPHONY 'A superb introduction to the great novelist and playwright, vagabond, thief and convict, and to the brutal childhood from which he mined his remarkable vision' J G Ballard, Books of the Year, Sunday Times Interviewing lovers, friends, publishers and acquaintances, Edmund White draws from material, letters (a number published here for the first time) and other original sources to explore the perverse extremes of Jean Genet's life and writing. Separating the fact from the mythology which was fostered by Genet himself, White's portrait is a deftly painted celebration of French Literature's most modern rogue.

Loss within Loss Artists in the Age of AIDS

Loss within Loss Artists in the Age of AIDS

Author: Edmund White Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/02/2002

When an artist dies we face two great losses: the person and the work he did not live to do. This book is a moving collaboration by some of America's most eloquent writers, who supply wry, raging, sorrowful, and buoyant accounts of artist friends and lovers struck down by AIDS. These essayists include Maya Angelou, Alan Gurganus, Brad Gooch, John Berendt, Craig Lucas, Robert Rosenblum, and 18 others. Many of the subjects of the essays were already prominent - James Merrill, Paul Monette, David Wojnarowicz - but many others died young, before they were able to fulfil the promise of their lives and art. Loss Within Loss spans all of the arts and includes portraits of choreographers, painters, poets, actors, playwrights, sculptors, editors, composers, and architects. This text is published in association with the Estate Project for Artists with AIDS, a national organization that preserves art works created by artists living with HIV or lost to AIDS. Loss Within Loss stands as a reminder of the devastating impact of the AIDS epidemic on the arts community and as a survey of that devastation.

The Married Man

The Married Man

Author: Edmund White Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2001

A middle aged American works out in a Paris gym - an ordinary day, except that he catches the eye of a stranger, Julien, a young French architect with a gleam in his eye. To Austin's amused astonishment, life takes on the colour of romance. As they dash between Bohemian suppers and glittering salons, all they have to deal with are comic clashes of cultures, of ages, of temperaments. But there is sadness in Julien's past and a grim cloud on the horizon. Soon, with increasing desperation, their quest for health and happiness drives them to Rome, Venice, Key West, Montreal and Providence - landscapes soaked with feeling which lead, in the end to the bleak, baking sands of the Sahara.

The Farewell Symphony

The Farewell Symphony

Author: Edmund White Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/05/1998

Named after Haydn's work, in which the players leave the stage one by one, this completes the story of a gay man in his adult years, through Stonewall riots, the hedonism of the 70s and the ravages of AIDS in the 80s and 90s. It follows A Boy's Own Story and The Beautiful Room is Empty.

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