Edmund White

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City Boy

book | Non-Fiction | 2009
US → Bloomsbury Publishing
UK → Bloomsbury Publishing
An irresistible literary treat: a memoir of the social and sexual lives of New York City’s cultural and intellectual in-crowd in the tumultuous 1970s, from acclaimed author Edmund White.

In the New York of the 1970s, on the verge of economic collapse, you might find the likes of Vladimir Nabokov and William Burroughs at the next cocktail party, and you were as likely to be caught arguing Marx at the New York City Ballet as cruising for sex in the simmering East Village.

This is the New York that Edmund White portrays in City Boy: a place of enormous intrigue and artistic tumult. White arrives in New York broke and unknown, struggling to express himself as a gay man even as he holds out hope of being “cured.” Present at the Stonewall uprising in 1969, White witnesses the start of the gay movement and gradually begins to embrace his identity, bouncing from intellectual encounters with Susan Sontag and Harold Brodkey to erotic entanglements downtown to the burgeoning gay scene of artists and writers.

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An open-throttled tour of New York City during the bad old days of the 1960s and early '70s... it's all here in exacting and eye-popping detail

New York Times

Energetic evocation of Manhatten in the Sixties and Seventies... an absorbing insight into the life alongside a constellation of greats of the American literary and gay scenes

Harper's Bazaar

Since White is a born raconteur, his gimlet-eyed anecdotes about celebrities of the era are as tangy as blood orange sorbet served after lobster Thermidor... [he] matches his talent for journalism with brilliant imagistic prose.

Gay City News

A colorfully detailed remembrance...A special invitation to a world gone by. Booklist

A welcome portrait of a time and place long past, and much yearned for. Kirkus

Starred PW review
White writes with a simple, fluid style, and beneath his patina of pain, a refreshing honesty emerges.

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