Edmund White, one of America’s finest writers, joins us to discuss his latest book, Jack Holmes and His Friend – a tantalizing story of male friendship set in seventies New York during the watershed era of gay liberation and through the catastrophe of AIDS.
Jack Holmes and his Friend deploys Edmund White’s wonderful perceptions of American society to dazzling effect, as character after character is delicately and colourfully rendered and one social milieu after another glows in the reader’s mind. He is a connoisseur of the nuances of personality and mood, and here unveils his very human cast in all their radical individuality. New York itself is a principle character with its old society and its bohemians rich and poor, with its sleek European immigrants and its rough-and-tumble transplanted Midwesterners. With narrative daring and a gifted sense of the rueful submerged drama of life, the novel is a beautifully sculpted exploration of sexuality and sensibility.
Edmund White is the author of many novels as well as non-fiction and literary biography. He is an Officer of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and a recipient of the Award for Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in New York and teaches at Princeton University. His acclaimed autobiography, My Lives, was published in 2006 (Bloomsbury).
Praise for Edmund White
‘Edmund White has three voices. First there is the storyteller, relaxed, conversational, an anecdotalist, an inspired flâneur. Then there is the poet: on every page there lies in wait a metaphor of startling precision, an image that holds and re-attracts the eye. And then there is the laic philosopher, who observes human life from the highest altitudes, held aloft by vast infusions of erudition and experience. In Jack Holmes and His Friend, White’s trio is in frictionless accord’ Martin Amis
Date: Wednesday 30th May 2012
Time: 6pm for 6.30pm
Place: Bloomsbury Publishing, 50 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3DP
Tickets for the Intelligence Squared Bloomsbury Book Club cost £30 for individual events (including the book). Full season membership is no longer on sale but you can still become a member for the Nadine Gordimer, Ben Macintyre and Edmund White events for £75. Please contact Claire Daly at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0207 631 5717.
When & Where
Welcome to the Bloomsbury Institute & Salon…
You are invited inside the world of publishing in the heart of literary London with Bloomsbury Publishing’s new series of author events, hosted at our offices in Georgian Bedford Square.
Bloomsbury Institute events include live interviews and discussions at the Bloomsbury Salon, and the Bloomsbury Institute Lectures, which showcase contemporary thinking and new research across Academic disciplines.
Our events are in the evening, beginning at 6pm for 6.30pm until 7.30pm at 50 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3DP. All our ticket prices include a glass of wine.
We look forward to seeing you.