Unpunished Vice Edmund White

18th March 2020

£9.99

1 in stock (can be backordered)

Edmund White made his name as a writer, but he remembers his life through the books he read. For White, each momentous occasion came with books to match: Proust’s ‘Remembrance of Things Past’, which opened up the seemingly closed world of homosexuality while he was at boarding school in Michigan; the Ezra Pound poems adored by a lover he followed to New York; the biography of Stephen Crane that inspired one of White’s novels. Blending memoir and literary criticism, ‘The Unpunished Vice’ is a compendium of all the ways reading has shaped White’s life and work. His larger-than-life presence on the literary scene – he is close friends with giants including Michael Ondaatje and Joyce Carol Oates – lends itself to fascinating, intimate insights into the lives of some of the world’s best-loved cultural figures.

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