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  • Published: 1 December 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409042501
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook

The Burning Library

Writings on Art,Politics & Sexuality 1969-1993


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Not only a brilliant collection of literary essays, but a moving and personal account of the changes in gay life over three decades.

The Burning Library brings together the best of Edmund White's essays, articles and reviews from more than twenty years, and presents a fascinating portrait of the writer and his time. It features interviews, profiles and essays which focus on the literary and cultural figures whose work has most influenced White: Nabokov, Robert Mapplethorpe, Tennessee Williams, Michael Foucault, Pasolini, Roland Barthes, Christopher Isherwood, Truman Capote and Marguerite Yourcenar. Interleaved with these are a series of articles which illuminate Edmund White's response to the political dimensions of homosexual life - a response that centres movingly on the importance of friendship when AIDS enters the scene. Edmund White's acuity, wisdom, and humour shine through in this remarkable and enlightening book, a tribute to a courageous and supremely humane writer.

  • Pub date: 1 December 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409042501
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook

About the Author

Edmund White

Edmund White was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1940. His fiction includes the autobiographical sequence A Boy's Own Story, The Beautiful Room is Empty and The Farewell Symphony, as well as Caracole, Forgetting Elena, Noctunes for the King of Naples, and Skinned Alive, a collection of short stories. He is also the author of a highly acclaimed biography of Jean Genet, a short study of Proust, a travel book about America - States of Desire - and of Sketches from Memory, with Hubert Sorin. He is an officer of the Ordre des Arts et Lettres.

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Praise for The Burning Library

“Mr. White projects in these essays the same persona that Jordan Elgrably . . . found in his novels of the 1980's: 'a man who yearns for beauty and love yet who often lives at the edge of the society he so painstakingly observes.'”

New York Times


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