The Beautiful Room is Empty

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Knopf, 1988 - Fiction - 227 pages
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When the narrator of White's poised yet scalding autobiographical novel first embarks on his sexual odyssey, it is the 1950s, and America is "a big gray country of families on drowsy holiday." That country has no room for a scholarly teenager with guilty but insatiable stirrings toward other men. Moving from a Midwestern college to the Stonewall Tavern on the night of the first gay uprising--and populated by eloquent queens, butch poseurs, and a fearfully incompetent shrink--The Beautiful Room is Empty conflates the acts of coming out and coming of age.
"With intelligence, candor, humor--and anger--White explores the most insidious aspects of oppression.... An impressive novel."--"Washington Post book World"

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Review: The Beautiful Room is Empty (The Edmund Trilogy #2)

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I first read this book about twenty years ago. Recently, it called to me again from my bookshelf. The language is often prose poetry, filled with honesty and humor. When I first read it so long ago, it was an awakening. Now, it's like meeting with an old friend to share fond memories. Read full review

Review: The Beautiful Room is Empty (The Edmund Trilogy #2)

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Triangle Classics Edition with A BOY'S OWN STORY. Read full review


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About the author (1988)

Author Edmund White was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on January 13, 1940. He majored in Chinese at the University of Michigan. Before spending a year in Rome, he worked for Time-Life Books from 1962 until 1970. Upon his return, he became an editor for The Saturday Review and Horizon. He lived in France from 1983 until 1990. His works have chronicled gay life with such books as A Boy's Own Story, The Beautiful Room Is Empty, and The Farewell Symphony.

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