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

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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.
 

About Edmund White

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Edmund White is the author of many novels, including A Boy's Own Story, The Beautiful Room Is Empty, The Farewell Symphony, and, most recently, Hotel de Dream. His nonfiction includes City Boy and other memoirs; The Flâneur, about Paris; and literary biographies and essays. White lives in New York and teaches at Princeton.
 
Published October 7, 2009 by Bloomsbury USA. 304 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Edmund White recalls gay life in New York in the 1960s and ’70s, when friends and sheer perseverance got him through his years of desire, poverty and thwarted ambition.

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The Guardian

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White no longer lived in New York but he was invited to write something about the city.

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New York Journal of Books

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Edmund White, who will turn 70 in 2010, is the grand old man of American gay literature.

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The New York Review of Books

After that came States of Desire: Travels Through Gay America, another landmark of gay liberation, another political act.

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Time Out New York

(Much of the rest—limpid portraits of New York and gay life back then—was handled better in his tour-de-force 1997 novel The Farewell Symphony.) White worships Nabokov, for instance, and after working with the master on a feature for the Saturday Review, a kindly relationship ensues.

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