The Beautiful Room Is Empty: A Novel

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Sep 8, 2010 - Fiction - 240 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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User Review  - Kiddboyblue - LibraryThing

With the same level that I loved "A Boy's Own Story," I disliked "The Beautiful Room is Empty." There felt, for me, a huge disconnect from the first novel to this second. It did not feel as if the ... Read full review

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User Review  - amerynth - LibraryThing

"The Beautiful Room is Empty" is the second book in Edmund White's semi-autobiographical trilogy about coming out in the 1960's and his efforts to accept his sexuality. In this installment, the ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
35
Section 3
48
Section 4
71
Section 5
115
Section 6
145
Section 7
186
Section 8
199
Section 9
209
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Edmund White was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1940. His fiction includes the autobiographical trilogy A Boy’s Own Story, The Beautiful Room Is Empty, and The Farewell Symphony, as well as Caracole, Forgetting Elena, Nocturnes for the King of Naples, and Skinned Alive, a collection of short stories. He is also the author of a highly acclaimed biography of Jean Genet, a short study of Proust, a travel book about gay America—States of Desire—and Our Paris. He is an officer of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and teaches at Princeton University. He lives in New York City.

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