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The Unpunished Vice Edmund White

The Unpunished Vice By Edmund White

The Unpunished Vice by Edmund White


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The Unpunished Vice: A Life of Reading by Edmund White

______________ 'I find it impossible to imagine anyone better read than White ... Wisdom and a certain kind of tenderness are to be found on every page' - Observer 'One of the great prose stylists of our time ... There are few paragraphs that pass by without an illuminating, wise or funny comment' - Tim Smith-Laing, Daily Telegraph 'A rallying cry for the pleasures of reading ... The best writers are energetic readers, constantly diving for buried treasure. Anyone who encounters this book is likely to emerge with something new and gleaming' - Financial Times ______________ Edmund White made his name as a writer, but he remembers his life through the books he read. For White, each momentous occasion came with books to match: Proust's Remembrance of Things Past, which opened up the seemingly closed world of homosexuality; the Ezra Pound poems adored by a lover he followed to New York; the biography of Stephen Crane that inspired one of White's novels. White's larger-than-life presence on the literary scene lends itself to fascinating, intimate insights into the lives of some of the world's best-loved cultural figures. Blending memoir and literary criticism, The Unpunished Vice is a sensitive, smart account of a life in literature.

The Unpunished Vice Reviews

I find it impossible to imagine anyone better read than White ... Wisdom and a certain kind of tenderness are to be found on every page -- Rachel Cooke * Observer *
White is above all else a writer's writer: one of the great prose stylists of our time ... An afternoon stroll with a Grade-A literary flaneur ... There are few paragraphs that pass by without an illuminating, wise or funny comment -- Tim Smith-Laing * Daily Telegraph *
As a peerless chronicler and interpreter of gay American life before, during and after the age of Aids, as a connoisseur of French (and so much other) literature and as a Princeton professor of creative writing, White never lost touch with that spirit of antic mischief ... Much more fun - and more surprising - than a leisurely ramble through favourite works by a 78-year-old giant of letters has any right to be * Spectator *
A rallying cry for the pleasures of reading ... The best writers are energetic readers, constantly diving for buried treasure. Anyone who encounters this book is likely to emerge with something new and gleaming * Financial Times *
Praise for Edmund White * - *
A writer blessed with ... [an] elusive gift, and it should probably be called wisdom * Daily Telegraph *
His writing finds itself echoing Proust ... Since the publication of A Boy's Own Story thirty years ago, [White's] own prose style has hardly aged a day * The Times *
Edmund White is one of the best writers of my generation; he's certainly the contemporary American writer I reread more than any other, and the one whose next book I look forward to reading most -- John Irving
White's prose is a series of slaps to the face, filled with reckless energy * New York Times Book Review *
White simply does it better than most -- Neil Bartlett * Guardian *
One of America's pre-eminent men of letters ... White's great achievement lies in his never holding back * Washington Post *
Edmund White tells such a good story that I'm ready to to listen to anything he wants to talk about -- praise for 'The Flaneur' * New York Times *
He never descends to savage satire. This open-heartedness, an essential White quality, makes his writing sparkle with generosity ... Every detail is alive and gleaming ... It is also a book that floats above things, so light is its touch, so playful and joyous its execution -- praise for 'Our Young Man', Neel Mukherjee * Guardian *

About Edmund White

Edmund White is the author of many novels, including A Boy's Own Story, The Beautiful Room Is Empty, The Farewell Symphony, and, most recently, Our Young Man. His nonfiction includes City Boy, Inside a Pearl, and other memoirs; The Flaneur, about Paris; and literary biographies and essays. White lives in New York.

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NGR9781408870273
9781408870273
1408870274
The Unpunished Vice: A Life of Reading by Edmund White
New
Paperback
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
20190516
240
N/A
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