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Edmund White

Edmund White is a novelist, memoirist, and an essayist whose books include The Joy of Gay Sex, A Boy’s Own Story, The Beautiful Room Is Empty, and The Farewell Symphony, and his biography of Jean Genet. The American/Russian novelist Vladimir Nabokov called his debut novel, Forgetting Elena, “a marvelous book.” From 1980 to 1981, White was a member of a gay writers’ group, The Violet Quill, which included Andrew Holleran and Felice Picano. White  also published critically acclaimed memoirs, including Our Paris: Sketches from Memory, My Lives, City Boy, Inside a Pearl: My Years in Paris, and The Unpunished Vice: A Life of Reading.