Books by Edmund White

Edmund White was born on January 13, 1940, in Cincinnati, Ohio. His father was, according to White, "a small entrepreneur who made a lot of money and then lost most of it during the time when small businessmen were being superceded by big corporations." W

INSIDE A PEARL by Edmund White
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"Some of White's observations on rape, feminism and promiscuity continue to shock, but the writer refuses to sentimentalize or pull punches, even (or especially) when the subject is himself."
A memoir that engages on a number of levels, as a pivotal literary figure recounts his productive Parisian years. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 17, 2012

Top-flight novelist White (City Boy, 2009, etc.) returns with a bittersweet story of the love that dared not speak its name until about the winter of 1963. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Full of small provocations—among them, "I sometimes regret the invention of the category 'gay' "—this is a welcome portrait of a time and place long past, and much yearned for."
From renowned novelist and essayist White (Rimbaud: The Double Life of a Rebel, 2008, etc.), a graceful memoir of a decidedly ungraceful time in the life of New York City. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 6, 2008

"The latest gem in the publisher's already glittering Eminent Lives series."
Brief but illuminating biography of the troubled and troubling French poet. Read full book review >
HOTEL DE DREAM by Edmund White
Released: Sept. 4, 2007

"A minor effort, but a nice tribute to some of the author's literary progenitors."
Dying of tuberculosis, Stephen Crane dictates a novel about a boy prostitute in another fact-based fiction from White (My Lives, 2006, etc.). Read full book review >
MY LIVES by Edmund White
Released: April 1, 2006

"White can be viewed here and in his other works, no matter what their subjects, as a quintessential travel-writer: His cultural, historic and artistic perceptions, as well as his sensory descriptions, are sharp and deeply perceptive, creating a rich sense of time and place."
The prolific novelist, memoirist and biographer (The Married Man, 2000, etc.) journeys through a lifetime of family, friends, lovers, work and play—at home and abroad. Read full book review >
FANNY by Edmund White
Released: Oct. 10, 2003

"A brilliantly structured, wonderfully engaging tragicomedy of historic and panoramic yet human proportions."
Novelist and memoirist White (The Flâneur, 2001, etc.) obviously had a ball playing within the double framework of this purported biography-gone-astray of Victorian radical Fanny Wright by hack novelist and travel writer Frances Trollope, Anthony's mother. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2001

"Even the most sophisticated readers will learn much from these erudite perambulations."
The renowned novelist (The Married Man, 2000, etc.) offers an intensely personal portrait of one of the world's great metropolises. Read full book review >
THE MARRIED MAN by Edmund White
Released: June 1, 2000

"A wise, sorrowful tale. "
White leaves the first-person, autobiographical world of his trilogy (The Farewell Symphony, 1997, etc.) and portrays a romance—and its dissolution—across three continents and six countries with his characteristic wisdom and sexual frankness, darkened by a new sense of foreboding. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 10, 1997

This long, rich fiction, set mostly in Manhattan and Paris, concludes White's autobiographical trilogy—and falls somewhere in quality between the pellucid excellence of A Boy's Own Story (1983) and the mannered redundancy of its sequel, The Beautiful Room Is Empty (1988). Here, the story of a generation—the one that originated the gay liberation movement in the late 1960s, then began dying out a few years later with the AIDS pandemic—is compressed into the remembered experiences of its narrator, a bereaved lover mourning the deaths and looking backward over 30 years' worth of sexual adventuring and slow progress toward maturity and success as a writer. Read full book review >

OUR PARIS by Edmund White
Released: Nov. 6, 1995

White and Sorin's Paris isn't exactly like yours or mine: High-fashion designer Azzedine Alaãa lives next door, Julian Schnabel is their host for dinner, and White has the enviable opportunity to introduce another Julian (Barnes) to Tina Turner. ``I haven't read Flaubert's Parrot yet, but I have it on my bedside table,'' she assures the author. Read full book review >

SKINNED ALIVE by Edmund White
Released: July 18, 1995

A depressing, disappointing first collection from accomplished gay biographer, novelist, and essayist White (The Burning Library, 1994, etc.). All eight stories here suffer from the weight of dread. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 12, 1994

Spanning 25 turbulent years in gay history and his own career as a writer, a collection of White's (Genet: A Biography, 1993, etc.) frequently humane and perceptive essays. Whether literary or sociological, the essays gathered here thematically divide neatly into sections by decade: the efflorescence of the gay movement in the '70s; the growing effect of the AIDS crisis on the gay community in the '80s; and finally, the grief and anger of the '90s. Read full book review >

GENET by Edmund White
Released: Oct. 28, 1993

An exhaustive and perhaps definitive biography of the celebrated French writer and thief (1910-86), who looks almost human through the eyes of the much tamer White (The Beautiful Room is Empty, 1988, etc.). It's to Genet's credit that, once he became famous enough to establish a public persona, he quite frankly assumed the role of a criminal outcast. Read full book review >