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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Edmund White  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction Non-Fiction

Born: 1940 in Cincinnati, Ohio


Illinois Connection

When White was seven years he moved to Evanston with his mother and sister.

Biographical and Professional Information

Edmund White is a novelist, writer of memoirs and an essayist on literary and social topics. He lives in New York and teaches at Princeton. White is one of the best-known writers in gay fiction though his works also include non-fiction and fiction on a wide variety of themes. He has won acclaim from both gay and mainstream literary critics. Along with the books he has written, he also edited the book, ''Loss Within Loss: Artists in the Age of AIDS'' in 2001 and compiled the anthology ''Fresh Men: New Voices in Gay Fiction'' with Don Weise in 2004.

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Titles At Your Library


-- The Award for Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, 1982 Chevalier (later Officier) de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government, 1993 Made a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, 1997 Made a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1999 Prize of the Festival of Deauville (France), Entire body of work, 2000 ''The Beautiful Room is Empty'' *Lambda Literary Award for Gay Men's Fiction, 1988 '''''Genet''''' *National Book Critics Circle Award, 1994 *Lambda Literary Award for Gay Men's Biography/Autobiography, 1993 '''''Skinned Alive''''' *Critics 1 Choice Award, San Francisco Review of Books, 1995-96 '''''The Married Man''''' *Ferro-Grumley Award from the Publishing Triangle, 2001 '''''Fresh Men