Edmund White




Birth Date: January 13, 1940, Cincinnati, OH

U.S. Citizen


Forgetting Elena (New York: Random House, 1973). In French: Oublier Eléna.

The Jox of Gay Sex—An Intimate Guide for Gay Men to the Pleasures of a Gay Lifestyle (co-authored with Charles Silverstein, New York: Crown, 1977).

Nocturnes for the King of Naples (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1978; London: André Deutsch, 1979). In French: Nocturnes pour le Roi de Naples.

States of Desire: Travels in Gay America (New York: E.P. Dutton, 1980; London: André Deutsch, 1980).

A Boy’s Own Story (New York: E.P. Dutton, 1982; London: Picador, 1983). In French: Un Jeune Américain.

Caracole (New York: E. P. Dutton, 1985; London: Pan Books, 1986). In French: Le Héros Effarouché.

The Beautiful Room is Empty (New York: Knopf, 1988; London: Picador, 1988). In French: La Tendresse sur la Peau.

The Darker Proof: Stories from a Crisis (London: Faber, 1987; New York: New American Library, 1988). In French: L’Echarde. The collection also contains stories by Adam Mars-Jones.

Genet: A Biography (New York: Knopf, 1993; London: Chatto & Windus, 1994; Paris: Gallimard).

The Burning Library: Essays, editor David Bergman (New York: Knopf, 1994; London, Chatto, 1994). In French: La Bibliothèque qui Brule.

Skinned Alive: Stories (New York: Knopf, 1995; Chatto, 1995). In French: Ecorché Vif.

Sketches from Memory: People and Places in the Heart of Our Paris (London: Pan, 1995). Published in the United States as Our Paris: Sketches from Memory (New York: Knopf, 1995). Illustrations by Hubert Sorin.

The Farewell Symphony (London: Chatto, 1997; New York: Knopf, 1997). In French: La Symphonie des Adieux.

Marcel Proust: A Penguin Life (New York: Viking/Lipper, 1999).

The Married Man (New York: Knopf, 2000). In French: L’Homme Marie, 2000.

The Flâneur: A Stroll through the Paradoxes of Paris (New York: Bloomsbury, 2001).


Hundreds of book reviews from the mid-1960s to the present in such publications as The New York Times Book Review, The New York Review of Books, The Washington Post Book World, The Nation, The Los Angeles Times Book Review, Vogue (all in the United States). In Europe: The Observer, The London Review of Books, The TLS, The Sunday Times (the United Kingdom); and a few in Le Monde des Livres and L’Express (France).

Dozens of articles in and interviews granted to publications all over the world as diverse as Poetry, Artforum, English Painter, Parkett, The Advocate, Shenandoah, Time, The Paris Review, Christopher Street, The New Yorker, and various Dutch, French, German, Italian, and Spanish magazines.

In the fall of 1996, The Review of Contemporary Fiction devoted a number to my work. Included were an interview with me, a previously unpublished story I wrote in college, a checklist of my publications by David Bergman, and numerous essays on my books by Diane Johnson, Felice Picano, Neil Bartlett, Robert Gluck, Harry Mathews and others.

The Library Without Walls, Shenandoah 33.3 (1982), 10-18; my contribution to a literary symposium staged at George Mason University on 4 and 5 April 1982.

"Residence on Earth: Living with AIDS in the 1980s." Life, (fall 1989): vol. 12, no. 12.

"Journals of the Plague Years." The Nation (12 May 1997): 13-18.

"The Joy of Gay Lit." Out (September 1997).

Introduction to A Lunch Appointment by Denton Welch, (Elysium Press, 1994).

Introduction to the Oxford University edition of Wilde’s Picture of Dorian Gray, (1999).

Contribution to Lost Classics, edited by Michael Ondaatje, et al., (Knopf Canada, 2000).

Introduction to Spontaneous Mind, selected interviews of Allen Ginsberg, (Harper Collins, 2001).

Introduction to Lies: A Diary by Ned Rorem, (Counterpoint, 2001).


Editor: The Faber Book of Gay Short Fiction (London and Boston: Faber, 1991).

Editor: The Jean Genet Reader (New York: Ecco, 1993).

Editor: Loss Within Loss: Artists in the Age of AIDS (Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2001).


Included in many anthologies, notably:

Meanwhile in Another Part of the Forest, edited by Alberto Manguel and Craig Stephenson (Knopf Canada, 1994).

The Art of the Story, edited by Daniel Halpern, 2000.

A Fine Excess: Contemporary Literature at Play, edited by Kirby Gann, et al., (Sarabande, 2001).


The Blueboy in Black, Masque Theater, New York City, April 1963.

Trios, Haymarket Studio, Leicester, November 1990; Riverside Studios, London, July 1993.

The Granary, Cork, Ireland, September 1995.


1976, 1978, Fellowships from the Ingram Merrill Foundation.

1982, The Award for Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

1983, a Guggenheim Fellowship.

1993, made a Chevalier (later Officier) de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government.

1994, National Book Critics Circle Award for Genet.

1995-96, Critics 1 Choice Award, San Francisco Review of Books, for Skinned Alive.

1997, made a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

1999, made a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

2000, honorary doctorate, State University of New York at Oneonta.

2000, prize of the festival of Deauville (France) for entire body of work.

2001, Ferro-Grumley Award from the Publishing Triangle for The Married Man.


1977-79, assistant professor at Johns Hopkins.

1980-82, adjunct in Creative Writing at the Columbia School of the Arts.

1990-92, full professor in English at Brown University.

From the mid 1970s to 1982, gave courses at Yale, George Mason, Temple, and New York University.

1998, named tenured, full professor of Creative Writing at Princeton.


1962-1970, staff writer for Time-Life Books.

1972-73, senior editor of The Saturday Review.

1974-75, associate editor of Horizon.

1980-82, executive director of the New York Institute for the Humanities.

1989, one of the five jury members for the Booker Prize in England.

1997, one of the three judges for the Spielvogel/Diamondstein award for the best book of essays (a PEN award).

1999-2000, member of the awards committee for the American Academy of Arts and Letters.



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