Release Date: October 01, 2006
ISBN: 9781573442480
eISBN: 9781573445733

Arts and Letters

by Edmund White

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 humor 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, André 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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About the author Edmund White

Edmund White is the author of 20 books, including The Married Man, The Beautiful Room Is Empty, The Farewell Symphony, and A Boy's Own Story. He lived in Paris for many years and wrote The Flâneur and Our Paris about his time there. A regular contributor to The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, and Vanity Fair, White is the director of the creative writing program at Princeton...

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Books by Edmund White

"A fascinating book." -- New York Sun


"By marrying biography and criticism [Arts and Letters] achieves a grand social critique." -- Andrew Solomon, author of The Noonday Demon, winner of the National Book Award

"Edmund White's 39 reviews, interviews and essays...are a shocking display of friendliness, optimism, openness and tact." -- Los Angeles Times Book Review

"White's new essay collection offers a rare treat." -- Bay Area Reporter

"[A] fine collection by this admirable American writer." -- Washington Post Book World


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