Edmund White


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January 13, 1940

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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 member of The Violet Quill, a gay writer's group that met briefly from 1980-81.

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A Boy's Own Story

3.77 avg rating — 6,316 ratings — published 1982 — 40 editions
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The Beautiful Room Is Empty

3.92 avg rating — 2,416 ratings — published 1988 — 19 editions
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The Flaneur: A Stroll throu...

3.73 avg rating — 1,679 ratings — published 2001 — 16 editions
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The Married Man

3.78 avg rating — 965 ratings — published 2000 — 13 editions
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The Farewell Symphony

3.99 avg rating — 799 ratings — published 1997 — 19 editions
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City Boy: My Life in New Yo...

3.69 avg rating — 903 ratings — published 2004 — 14 editions
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Jack Holmes and His Friend

3.57 avg rating — 924 ratings — published 2012 — 14 editions
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Marcel Proust

3.78 avg rating — 757 ratings — published 1999 — 16 editions
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Genet

4.15 avg rating — 582 ratings — published 1993 — 16 editions
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Hotel de Dream

3.56 avg rating — 693 ratings — published 2007 — 18 editions
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“In the past, when gays were very flamboyant as drag queens or as leather queens or whatever, that just amused people. And most of the people that come and watch the gay Halloween parade, where all those excesses are on display, those are straight families, and they think it's funny. But what people don't think is so funny is when two middle-aged lawyers who are married to each other move in next door to you and your wife and they have adopted a Korean girl and they want to send her to school with your children and they want to socialize with you and share a drink over the backyard fence. That creeps people out, especially Christians. So, I don't think gay marriage is a conservative issue. I think it's a radical issue.”
Edmund White

“When we are young... we often experience things in the present with a nostalgia-in-advance, but we seldom guess what we will truly prize years from now.”
Edmund White, City Boy: My Life in New York in the 1960s and 70s

“There was something stubborn in me that didn't want to lose weight to attract a man. If the right man came along, he'd be able to see my virtues magically. Once he kissed me, the frog would turn into a prince. I had become a trick question, a heavy disguise, but behind the disobliging exterior was the welcoming child I would always be. Of course, what I'd forgotten was that he was not Parsifal and I was not the Grail; the medievalism of my imagination was not sufficiently up-to-date to recognize that the lover was a shopper and I a product.”
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