Edmund White's novels include Fanny: A Fiction, A Boy's Own Story, The Farewell Symphony, and A Married Man. He is also the author of a biography of Jean Genet, a study of Marcel Proust, The Flâneur: A Stroll Through the Paradoxes of Paris, the memoir My Lives, and Rimbaud: The Double Life of a Rebel. He teaches at Princeton University.
From his Q & A with Anna Metcalfe of the Financial Times:
What was the last book you couldn’t finish?Read the complete interview.
Don DeLillo’s Underworld.
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Who are your literary influences?
Proust, Isherwood and Nabokov.
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What book changed your life?
I was a teenager when I read Wuthering Heights, while I was in my school infirmary with a fever. It gave me a sense of the dark glamour of literature.
Read an excerpt from White's Hotel de Dream, and learn more about the novel at the publisher's website.
The Page 99 Test: Hotel de Dream.