Edmund White
Forgetting Elena
The Joy of Gay Sex
Nocturnes for the King of Naples
States of Desire: Travels in Gay America
A Boy's Own Story
The Beautiful Room is Empty
The Darker Proof: Stories from a Crisis
The Faber Book of Gay Short Fiction
Genet: A Biography
The Burning Library
Our Paris: Sketches from Memory
Skinned Alive
The Farewell Symphony
Marcel Proust
The Married Man
Loss Within Loss: Artists in the Age of AIDS
The Flâneur
Fanny, A Fiction
Arts and Letters
My Lives: An Autobiography
Terra Haute
Hotel de Dream
Rimbaud: The Double Life of a Rebel
City Boy
Sacred Monsters
Jack Holmes & His Friend
Inside a Pearl: My Years in Paris
Our Young Man


Inside a Pearl: My Years in Paris (2014)

White is an acclaimed novelist, essayist, biographer of Genet and Proust, and a self-described “archaeologist of gossip.” In his third memoir, he recounts the 15 years he spent in France, cataloging the famous people he met, interviewed, befriended, and slept with. In fact, the circles White moved in were so tight and overlapping, it appears that the only people he knew who were not prominent were the men he picked up. White is renowned for the purity of his style and for his frank depictions of sex, and he is in peak form here. For White, identity is sexual identity. He records the tastes and appetites of dear friends, acquaintances, and complete strangers. For him, sex—whether they have it, whom they have it with, how
they have it—is their defining characteristic. He is wise in his portrayal of the French, and there are tender moments, notably his recollections of his old friend Marie-Claude (MC), who did so much to introduce him to Paris and its peculiarities. But his principal concerns are fame, money, and, yes, sex.
— Michael Autrey

December 1, 2013, issue of Booklist




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