City Boy by Edmund White
My Life in New York During the 1960s and 1970s

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White offers some great gossip about literary celebrities, particularly Susan Sontag, insightful commentary on gay life and literature, and some jejeune political analysis. If not one of White’s major works, City Boy nonetheless is an entertaining and revealing account...
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In the New York of the 1970s, in the wake of Stonewall and in the midst of economic collapse, you might find the likes of Jasper Johns and William Burroughs at the next cocktail party, and you were as likely to be caught arguing Marx at the New York City Ballet as cruising for sex in the warehouses and parked trucks along the Hudson. This is the New York that Edmund White portrays in City Boy: a place of enormous intrigue and artistic tumult. Combining the no-holds-barred confession and yearning of A Boy's Own Story with the easy erudition and sense of place of The Flaneur, this is the story of White's years in 1970s New York, bouncing from intellectual encounters with Susan Sontag and Harold Brodkey to erotic entanglements downtown to the burgeoning gay scene of artists and writers. It's a moving, candid, brilliant portrait of a time and place, full of encounters with famous names and cultural icons.
 

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Published October 7, 2009 by Bloomsbury USA. 305 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by George de Stefano George de Stefano on Jul 29 2017

White offers some great gossip about literary celebrities, particularly Susan Sontag, insightful commentary on gay life and literature, and some jejeune political analysis. If not one of White’s major works, City Boy nonetheless is an entertaining and revealing account...

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