The Burning Library: Essays

The Burning Library: Essays

by Edmund White, Jerry White
     
 

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Along with his groundbreaking essays that redefine politics, language, identity, and friendship in the light of gay experience and desire, this magisterial collection of 25 years of White's nonfiction writings includes dazzling subversive appreciations of cultural icons as diverse as Truman Capote and Cormac McCarthy, Robert Mapplethorpe and the singer formerly

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Along with his groundbreaking essays that redefine politics, language, identity, and friendship in the light of gay experience and desire, this magisterial collection of 25 years of White's nonfiction writings includes dazzling subversive appreciations of cultural icons as diverse as Truman Capote and Cormac McCarthy, Robert Mapplethorpe and the singer formerly known as Prince. Reading tour.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Selections gathered from 25 years of White's nonfiction writings, with an emphasis on recent developments in gay experience and White's reviews of a variety of contemporary writers. (Nov.)
Library Journal
While White is best known for his novels, particularly A Boy's Own Story (LJ 9/1/82), this collection reveals what a fine essayist he is. White's descriptions of gay male life of the past 30 years and the changes in attitude that have occurred among gay men toward themselves and their sexuality are clear, forceful, intelligent, and thought-provoking. Nongays can learn much about the American gay male experience. White offers other essays and reviews of the work of contemporary writers, American and European, gay and nongay, such as James Merrill, Christina Stead, Darryl Pinckney, and Marguerite Yourcenar. This material, together with White's discussions of his own fiction, provides valuable insights into the reading and writing of literature. Six of the essays are previously unpublished. Highly recommended for literature collections.-Judy Mimken, Boise, Id.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679754749
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/28/1995
Series:
Vintage International
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.95(d)

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