Edmund White
Forgetting Elena
The Joy of Gay Sex
Nocturnes for the King of Naples
States of Desire: Travels in Gay America
A Boy's Own Story
The Beautiful Room is Empty
The Darker Proof: Stories from a Crisis
The Faber Book of Gay Short Fiction
Genet: A Biography
The Burning Library
Our Paris: Sketches from Memory
Skinned Alive
The Farewell Symphony
Marcel Proust
The Married Man
Loss Within Loss: Artists in the Age of AIDS
The Flâneur
Fanny, A Fiction
Arts and Letters
My Lives: An Autobiography
Terra Haute
Hotel de Dream
Rimbaud: The Double Life of a Rebel
City Boy
Sacred Monsters
Jack Holmes & His Friend
Inside a Pearl: My Years in Paris
Our Young Man


Also available in French

Also available in German

Skinned Alive (1995)

Set in Europe and America, these eight stories (many of them autobiographical) explore the ways we make sense of personal experience: the workings of desire, in youth and later in life; the yearnings of intimacy and love; the powers of beauty and jealousy; and the unpredictable effects of illness and loss. In "Pyrography" a gay adolescent is torn between his sexual desires and his longing for acceptance as he goes on a camping trip with two straight male friends. An American in Crete finds a new reason for living after the death of his lover in "An Oracle." "Watermarked" is a moving tribute to a beautiful young actor, the subject of an early passion. And, perhaps the funniest story in the collection, "His Biographer" deals with the ludicrous experience of being the living subject of a biography, and shows a hilarious encounter between Old World sophistication and New World political correctness.

Moving, witty and full of audacious surprises, Skinned Alive delivers us to a world of comedy in the midst of tragedy, one peopled by a startling diversity of men and women. This book gives us the full range of Edmund White's extraordinary powers of observation and his finely balanced, musical sense of structure.

  • Pyrography
  • Running on Empty
  • Skinned Alive
  • His Biographer
  • An Oracle
  • Reprise
  • Palace Days
  • Watermarked




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