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Product Details

  • Series: P.S.
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (April 3, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060937963
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060937966
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.3 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #375,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Edmund White gave up drinking, smoking, and Paris, too, despite which he’s writing better than ever.” (Harper's Magazine)

“One of the most brilliant and distinguished authors at work in America today.” (Patrick McGrath)

“My Lives is a brave book because White lets it all hang out.” (Rocky Mountain News)

“Delicious reading...the story of White’s life is fully engrossing.” (Boston Sunday Globe)

“It is White’s astounding use of language and structure that makes My Lives a scintillating read.” (Associated Press)

“The great strength of My Lives is its ruthless honesty.” (San Francisco Chronicle)

“White the humane observer and eloquent stylist can make you stand up and cheer.” (The Oregonian (Portland))

About the Author

Edmund White is the author of the novels Fanny: A Fiction, A Boy's Own Story, The Farewell Symphony, and The Married Man; a biography of Jean Genet; a study of Marcel Proust; and, most recently, a memoir, My Lives. Having lived in Paris for many years, he has now settled in New York, and he teaches at Princeton University.

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Format: Paperback
Edmund V. White is a widely recognised, even revered, literary figure in the U. S. of A., whether among gays themselves or among also a wider reading public. Perhaps he is much less known in the Dominion of Canada than elsewhere in the English- and French-speakig worlds. (White`s Gallophile tastes and his keenly perceptive judgments of French life and culture are appreciated among francophones, who can read translations of many of his works.) Most of his fiction borders has a strong autobiographical element in it, some of it being closer to real memoirs than other suchlike among his books have been. (Of course, not all of White`s literary production is either fiction or memoirs; his theatre works and non-fiction are of some importance, too.)

In "My Lives" White has produced a work which really amounts unambiguously to memoirs, and, at that, of his entire life to its date of writing. White`s somewhat later work, "City Boy: My Life in New York During the 1960s and `70s", also is straighforwardly autobiographical, but, as its title implies, that book limits itself to only some of the years, two decades worth of them, of White`s life.

As for "My Lives" itself, White`s musings and memories as he recounts them therein take as their launching points, in each section of the work, various subjects and, even more, persons or categories of people important in his life, including, hardly surprisingly, in his "sex life" (of the mind and its desires, as well as of the flesh). In "My Lives" White has produced a work which really amounts unambiguously to memoirs, and, at that, of his entire life to its date of writing.
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