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Arts and Letters - Edmund White

Hardcover Published: 30th September 2004
ISBN: 9781573441957
Number Of Pages: 376

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A dazzling collection of profiles and interviews by the preeminent American cultural essayist of our time. In these 39 lively essays and profiles, best-selling novelist and biographer Edmund White draws on his wide reading and his sly good humour to illuminate some of the most influential writers, artists, and cultural icons of the past century: among them, Marcel Proust, Catherine Deneuve, George Eliot, Andy Warhol, Andre Gide, David Geffen, and Robert Mapplethorpe. Whether he's praising Nabokov's sensuality, or critiquing Elton John's walk ("as though he's a wind-up doll that's been overwound and sent heading for the top of the stairs"), or describing serendipitous moments in his seven-year-long research into the life of Genet, White is unfailingly observant, erudite, and entertaining.

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"White has a novelist's eye for the telling detail or the remarkable place." - New York Times "As a writer, White possesses the rare combination of a poetic sense of language and an ironic sense of humour." - Newsweek "From the first few pages, I was ready to give myself over to his wanderings, just to find out where he would go next...Edmund White tells such a good story that I'm ready to listen to anything he wants to talk about." - New York Times"

Introductionp. ix
Writing Gayp. 3
The New Historical Novelp. 21
George Eliotp. 35
Ivan Buninp. 50
Knut Hamsunp. 55
Marcel Proustp. 62
Andre Gidep. 65
Oscar Wildep. 76
Joe Ortonp. 87
Paul Bowlesp. 91
Allen Ginsbergp. 100
Djuna Barnesp. 108
Marjorie Garberp. 116
Bruce Chatwinp. 123
Edwin Denbyp. 128
Coleman Dowellp. 133
Grace Paleyp. 137
Jean Genetp. 142
Michel Foucaultp. 155
Alain Robbe-Grilletp. 160
James Merrillp. 167
Christopher Isherwoodp. 176
Ned Roremp. 184
James Baldwinp. 196
Vladimir Nabokovp. 200
Marcel Duchampp. 221
Andy Warholp. 226
Gilbert and Georgep. 229
Joe Brainardp. 234
Steve Wolfep. 242
Rebecca Hornp. 249
Cy Twomblyp. 255
Jasper Johnsp. 267
Herbert Listp. 277
Robert Mapplethorpep. 291
Yves Saint Laurentp. 307
Catherine Deneuvep. 321
David Geffenp. 333
Elton Johnp. 349
About the Authorp. 363
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ISBN: 9781573441957
ISBN-10: 1573441953
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 376
Published: 30th September 2004
Publisher: Cleis Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 3.81
Weight (kg): 0.31