An Evening with Edmund White


Edmund White is an author of many novels, memoirs, essays and plays, as well as numerous articles and reviews. He is the recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. With the classic coming-of-age tale A Boy’s Own Life (1982), Edmund White cemented a place for himself, and for gay fiction, in the cultural consciousness. In biography, social history, travel writing, journalism, the short story and the novel, this prolific and versatile author has chronicled the gay experience in the United States from the closeted 1950’s through the AIDS crisis. But as William Goldstein wrote in Publishers Weekly, “To call Edmund White merely a gay writer is to oversimplify his work and his intentions.” The acuity, insight and compassion with which White explores the human condition transcends such a label.
In addition to novels and short fiction, his nonfiction works include The Joy of Gay Sex (with Charles Silverstein), States of Desire, Genet: A Biography, and the memoir My Lives. At this special event, he will read from his latest novel, Jack Holmes and His Friend, recently released in paperback. Edmund White has lived in Paris on and off since 1983. He has taught at Johns Hopkins, Columbia, Brown and Yale and currently teaches at Princeton and resides in New York City.