My Lives [Us. ed.]
 0066213975, 9780066213972

Table of contents :
Contents
My Shrinks
My Father
My Mother
My Hustlers
My Women
My Europe
My Master
My Blonds
My Genet
My Friends
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

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BY THE SAME AUTHOR

The Married Man Marcel Proust The Farewell Symphony The Beautiful Room Is Empty A Boy's Own Story Nocturnes for the King of Naples Skinned Alive The Burning Library Genet Caracole Forgetting Elena States of Desire: Travels in Gay America Sketches from Memory: People and Places in the Heart of Our Paris The Flaneur: A Stroll Through the Paradoxes of Paris The Joy of Gay Sex (with Dr. Charles Silverstein) Arts and Letters Fanny: A Fiction

MY LIVES

EDMUND WHITE



MY LIVES. Copyright© 2006 by Edmund White. All rights reserved. Printed in the United States of America. No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical articles and reviews. For information, address HarperCollins Publishers, 10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022.

HarperCollins books may be purchased for educational, business, or sales promotional use. For information, please write: Special Markets Department, HarperCollins Publishers, 10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022. Portions of this book have appeared in different form in The New Yorker, McSweeney's, Granta, Boulevard, and Ontario Review. First published in Great Britain in 2005 by Bloomsbury Publishing Pie. FIRST U.S. EDITION

Printed on acid-free paper Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data White, Edmund. My lives/ Edmund White.-lst U.S. ed. p. cm. ISBN-10: 0-06-621397-5 ISBN-13: 978-0-06-621397-2 1. White, Edmund, 1940- 2. Novelists, American-20th century-Biography. 3. Biographers-United States--Biography. 4. Gay men-United StatesBiography. I. Title. PS3573.H463Z47 2006 813'.54-dc22 [Bl 2005049506 06 07 08 09 JO OFF/QUE 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 l

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Contents

My Shrinks

1

My Father

31

My Mother

59

My Hustlers

103

My Women

139

My Europe

171

My Master

221

My Blonds

263

My Genet

307

My Friends

335

Acknowledgments

357

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