States of Desire: Travels in Gay America

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Plume, 1991 - Travel - 344 pages
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Witty and insightful, Edmund White's literary road trip across America is a loving snapshot of Gay Life in the late 70s. This should be required reading for gay men under the age of 50. Tip: don't ... Read full review

Review: States of Desire: Travels in Gay America

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I read this while travelling around the US which was a great way of enjoying it. While much of it has changed beyond recognition in the last 30-35 years some things haven't. White's observations about people he met and their attitudes and behaviours are still very illuminating and entertaining. Read full review


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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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