The Beautiful Room Is Empty

By Edmund White
Vintage, Paperback, 9780679755401, 240pp.

Publication Date: October 1994

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Description

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




About the Author
Edmund White (b. Ohio, USA, 1940) is the author of many critically acclaimed books, the most recent being "The Flaneur". He was made an officer in the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and won a literary prize from the Festival of Deauville. He now teaches at Princeton University. His acclaimed autobiography, "My Lives", was published by Bloomsbury in 2006, while his play, " Terre Haute", was published by Methuen Drama in 2007.
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