Edmund White

Edmund White, photo by Andrew Fladeboe
Edmund White, photo by Andrew Fladeboe

Edmund White has written some thirty books. In 2018, he received the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Career Achievement in American Fiction. He is perhaps best known for his biography of French writer Jean Genet, for which he won the National Book Critics Circle Award.

White is also the author of a trilogy of autobiographical novels ─ A Boy’s Own Story, The Beautiful Room Is Empty, and The Farewell Symphony. He has written a novel about love in the AIDS era called The Married Man; a book about unconventional Paris called The Flaneur; and a biography of Arthur Rimbaud. His works of fiction include Chaos and Hotel de Dream. A Saint from Texas was released in 2020, and his newest novel, A Previous Life, will be published in January.

White received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan. He has taught at Johns Hopkins, Columbia, Brown, Yale, and Princeton, where he is now professor emeritus of creative writing. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, he lives in New York City.

selected bibliography

A Previous Life by Edmund White
A Previous Life (2022)
A Saint from Texas by Edmund White
A Saint from Texas (2020)
The Unpunished Vice by Edmund White
The Unpunished Vice: A Life of Reading (2018)
A Boy's Own Story by Edmund White
A Boy’s Own Story (1982)

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online resources

Edmund White’s website
“Congratulations to National Book Foundation Lifetime Honoree,” Literary Hub, November 20, 2019
“White’s Unerring Influence on Queer Writing,” the New York Times Style Magazine, June 26, 2018
“The Art of Fiction No. 105,” the Paris Review, Fall 1988

Video: White receives the 2019 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters