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Arts and Letters

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Best-selling novelist, memoirist, and biographer Edmund White displays his sharp wit and boundless erudition in 37 portraits of the writers, artists and cultural icons who have captured his curiosity and imagination for the last 20 years.

White is as compelling as he is unpretentious as he tells of his encounters with some of the most provocative writers, artists, and perso
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Hardcover, 376 pages
Published September 30th 2004 by Cleis Press
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Tosh
Nov 02, 2007 Tosh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Edmund White is a great essayist - and these series of essays or articles are fantastic. An good essayist should make you feel that you are having a drink with them - excpet this is happening on the page. Strange enough I have never read his fiction. His biography on Genet is also incredible.
Joan Colby
Sep 23, 2015 Joan Colby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
. A series of essays on mainly gay writers, artists and personalities. White covers how in the past gay writers masked their characters by transforming gay men into heterosexual couples. His insights are always penetrating
Vivencio
Sep 13, 2012 Vivencio rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
don't normally buy books at full price, but this one's worth every cent paid. not as extensive as 'the burning library' but every piece is a litcrit gem.
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Edmund White's novels include Fanny: A Fiction, A Boy's Own Story, The Farewell Symphony, and A Married Man. He is also the author of a biography of Jean Genet, a study of Marcel Proust, The Flâneur: A Stroll Through the Paradoxes of Paris, and, most recently, his memoir, My Lives. Having lived in Paris for many years, he is now a New Yorker and teaches at Princeton University. He was also a membe ...more
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