Genet: A Biography

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A meticulously researched biography of Jean Genet, one of France's most notorious writers. Acclaimed novelist and essayist Edmund White illuminates Genet's experiences in the worlds of crime, homosexuality, politics, and high culture, and gives a compelling analysis of Genet's plays, novels, and essays. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography.
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Overview

A meticulously researched biography of Jean Genet, one of France's most notorious writers. Acclaimed novelist and essayist Edmund White illuminates Genet's experiences in the worlds of crime, homosexuality, politics, and high culture, and gives a compelling analysis of Genet's plays, novels, and essays. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography.
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Editorial Reviews

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'Dazzling. Genet has found a scrupulous, meticulous chronicler in Edmund White.' -- Philip Henscher, The Guardian

'An absorbing and magisterial biography...a labor of love in every sense. A comparable achievement [is] Richard Ellmann's biography of Oscar Wilde.'

-- John Bayley, The Evening Standard

'Elegant, meticulous and wholly satisfying.'

-- Brian Masters, The Sunday telegraph

'White has caught the uncatchable man -- the public Genet as well as the recluse: no better praise can be given a biographer.'

-- Paul Bailey, The Daily Telegraph

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The NBCC Award-winning biography of Genet will be released in paperback in conjunction with two of White's novels, The Beautiful Room Is Empty $11 ISBN -75540-3 and Forgetting Elena $10 ISBN -75573-X. Oct.
Library Journal
French writer Jean Genet 1910-86 was a petty thief who produced some of the most revolutionary novels and plays of our time. White's massive biography illuminates the life and works of this ``deeply contradictory man,'' although many events from his early years of vagabondage and prostitution are beyond retrieval. A greater mystery--which even White, an accomplished novelist A Boy's Own Story , LJ 9/1/82; The Beautiful Room Is Empty , LJ 3/1/88, cannot solve--is how someone of Genet's limited education could have produced a first novel of such magnitude as Our Lady of the Flowers LJ 11/1/63. Parallels with the case of Shakespeare are not far-fetched. This work is a labor of love and admiration. Essential for collections of modern literature. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 6/15/93.-- Grove Koger, Boise P.L., Id.
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A biography of one of the great and controversial figures of twentieth-century literature, Jean Genet. Documents all Genet's permutations: poet, dandy, homosexual, thief, "thug of genius," political activist, and playwright/author extraordinaire. B&W photos.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679754794
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/28/1994
  • Series: Vintage Series
  • Pages: 800
  • Sales rank: 975,396
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Edmund White was born in Cincinnati in 1940. His previous books include Forgetting Elena, Nocturnes for the King of Naples, States of Desire: Travels in Gay America, A Boy's Own Story, Caracole and The Beautiful Room Is Empty. He lives in Paris.

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