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City Boy

My Life in New York During the 1960s and 70s
White, Edmund, 1940- (Book - 2009)
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Baker & Taylor
A memoir based on the author's experiences as a cultural and intellectual insider in 1970s New York describes the philosophical and political debates in which he participated, the sophisticated performances he attended, and his encounters with such figures as Susan Sontag and Harold Brodkey.

McMillan Palgrave
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 Y ork of the 1970s, in the wake of Stonewall and in the midst of economic collapse, you might find the likes of Jasper Johns 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 warehouses and parked trucks along the Hudson. This is the New York that Edmund White portrays in City Boy: a place of enormous intrigue and artistic tumult. Combining the no-holds-barred confession and yearning of A Boy’s Own Story with the easy erudition and sense of place of The Flaneur, this is the story of White’s years in 1970s New York, bouncing from intellectual encounters with Susan Sontag and Harold Brodkey to erotic entanglements downtown to the burgeoning gay scene of artists and writers. I t’s a moving, candid, brilliant portrait of a time and place, full of encounters with famous names and cultural icons.


Blackwell North Amer
When Edmund White left the Midwest after college he had an opportunity to pursue a Ph.D. at Harvard. Instead, he followed a lover to New York City. Bristling with wit and energy. City Boy chronicles the remarkable life he made for himself in the 1960s and '70s, in a city economically devastated but incandescent with art and ideas.
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. And after a first meeting with James Merrill, to whom he nervously reads aloud from his unpublished novel, White encounters icons from Elizabeth Bishop to William Burroughs, Susan Sontag to Jasper Johns. Absorbing and filtering these heady influences, White finds his own unique artistic voice just as the city's high culture explodes in creativity. Within a decade of his first publication, White writes A Boy's Own Story, the autobiographical novel that will make him the most celebrated gay writer in the world.
Recalling life in a more sordid Manhattan, in an era of transformation, White records his ambitions and desires, remembers lovers and literary heroes. and displays the wit, candor, and generosity that have defined his unique voice over the decades.

Authors: White, Edmund, 1940-
Statement of Responsibility: Edmund White
Title: City boy
my life in New York during the 1960s and 70s
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury USA, 2009
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
Characteristics: p. cm.
Subject Headings: White, Edmund, 1940- Homes and haunts New York (State) New York Authors, American 20th century Biography Gay men United States Biography New York (N.Y.) Intellectual life 20th century Gay culture New York (State) New York Nineteen sixties Nineteen seventies
Topical Term: Authors, American
Gay men
Gay culture
Nineteen sixties
Nineteen seventies
LCCN: 2009012493
ISBN: 9781596914025
1596914025
Branch Call Number: B White W
Research Call Number: JFD 10-109
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