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Reading Edmund White is like sharing a café table with a witty professor, a clove-smoking aesthete, and a boy of fifteen. You never know who will speak the next line, but you know it will turn your head.

In these 39 lively essays and profiles, best-selling novelist and biographer Edmund White draws on his wide reading and his sly good humor to illuminate some of the most influential writers, artists, and cultural icons of the past century, among them Marcel Proust, Catherine ...

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Reading Edmund White is like sharing a café table with a witty professor, a clove-smoking aesthete, and a boy of fifteen. You never know who will speak the next line, but you know it will turn your head.

In these 39 lively essays and profiles, best-selling novelist and biographer Edmund White draws on his wide reading and his sly good humor to illuminate some of the most influential writers, artists, and cultural icons of the past century, among them Marcel Proust, Catherine Deneuve, George Eliot, Andy Warhol, André Gide, David Geffen, and Robert Mapplethorpe.

Whether he’s praising Nabokov's sensuality, critiquing Elton John’s walk ("as though he’s a wind-up doll that's been overwound and sent heading for the top of the stairs"), or describing serendipitous moments in his seven-year-long research into the life of Genet, White is unfailingly observant, erudite, and entertaining.

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Newsweek
As a writer, White possesses the rare combination of a poetic sense of language and an ironic sense of humor.
The New York Times
Edmund White tells such a good story that I'm ready to listen to anything he wants to talk about.
Library Journal
Novelist and biographer White has gathered together a collection of his reviews, essays, lectures, and profiles on authors and artists, written from 1979 to 2003 for various journals, books, web sites, and symposium presentations. Rewritten or revised to seem more up to date, the pieces are organized into three sections: "Letters" (the longest), "Arts," and "Personalities" (e.g., Elton John). White, a gay writer, is mostly concerned with other homosexual artists. There are also three general essays on writing gay literature, the new historical novel, and bisexuality. White picks subjects he admires (e.g., Proust, Oscar Wilde) but also writes about those writers and artists he has befriended over the years. As in all compilations, there are highs and lows, but even the less successful pieces are enlivened by White's interest in his subjects. Recommended for most larger public and academic libraries, and for fans of White's writing.-Morris Hounion, Ursula C. Schwerin Lib., New York City Coll. of Tech., CUNY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781573442480
  • Publisher: Cleis Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Edmund White is the author of 17 books, including a trilogy of autobiographical novels: A Boy's Own Story, The Beautiful Room Is Empty, and The Farewell Symphony. His most recent novel is Fanny: A Fiction. Other books include the novels Forgetting Elena, Nocturnes for the King of Naples, Caracole, and The Married Man, as well as a collection of short stories titled Skinned Alive. White lived in Paris for many years and wrote The Flâneur and Our Paris about his time there. He won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Genet: A Biography and has also written a short biography of Proust and a collection of essays, The Burning Library. A regular contributor to The TLS, The New York Times Book Review, and Vanity Fair, Edmund White is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and is the director of the creative writing program at Princeton University. He lives in New York City.

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Table of Contents

Letters
Writing gay 3
The new historical novel 21
George Eliot 35
Ivan Bunin 50
Knut Hamsun 55
Marcel Proust 62
Andre Gide 65
Oscar Wilde 76
Joe Orton 87
Paul Bowles 91
Allen Ginsberg 100
Djuna Barnes 108
Marjorie Garber 116
Bruce Chatwin 123
Edwin Denby 128
Coleman Dowell 133
Grace Paley 137
Jean Genet 142
Michel Foucault 155
Alain Robbe-Grillet 160
James Merrill 167
Christopher Isherwood 176
Ned Rorem 184
James Baldwin 196
Vladimir Nabokov 200
Arts
Marcel Duchamp 221
Andy Warhol 226
Gilbert and George 229
Joe Brainard 234
Steve Wolfe 242
Rebecca Horn 249
Cy Twombly 255
Jasper Johns 267
Herbert List 277
Robert Mapplethorpe 291
Personalities
Yves Saint Laurent 307
Catherine Deneuve 321
David Geffen 333
Elton John 349
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