Quotes by Edmund White

"In the past, when gays were very flamboyant as drag queens or as leather queens or whatever, that just amused people. And most of the people that come and watch the gay Halloween parade, where all those excesses are on display, those are straight families, and they think it's funny. But what people don't think is so funny is when two middle-aged lawyers who are married to each other move in next door to you and your wife and they have adopted a Korean girl and they want to send her to school with your children and they want to socialize with you and share a drink over the backyard fence. That creeps people out, especially Christians. So, I don't think gay marriage is a conservative issue. I think it's a radical issue."

"When we are young... we often experience things in the present with a nostalgia-in-advance, but we seldom guess what we will truly prize years from now."

"There was something stubborn in me that didn't want to lose weight to attract a man. If the right man came along, he'd be able to see my virtues magically. Once he kissed me, the frog would turn into a prince. I had become a trick question, a heavy disguise, but behind the disobliging exterior was the welcoming child I would always be. Of course, what I'd forgotten was that he was not Parsifal and I was not the Grail; the medievalism of my imagination was not sufficiently up-to-date to recognize that the lover was a shopper and I a product."

"I was lucky to live in New York when it was dangerous and edgy and cheap enough to play host to young, penniless artists. That was the era of "coffee shops" as they were defined in New York—cheap restaurants open round the clock where you could eat for less than it would cost to cook at home. That was the era of ripped jeans and dirty T-shirts, when the kind of people who are impressed by material signs of success were not the people you wanted to know."

"The most important things in our intimate lives can't be discussed with strangers, except in books."

Books by Edmund White

  • The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • 1,057,711 ratings
  • June 10th 1999 by Oxford World's Classics / Oxford University Press, USA

    (first published July 20th 1890)

  • Such Small Hands
  • 2,419 ratings
  • April 11th 2017 by Transit Books

    (first published October 2008)

  • A Luminous Republic
  • 2,007 ratings
  • April 14th 2020 by Mariner Books

    (first published November 29th 2017)

  • Separate Rooms
  • 1,548 ratings
  • December 1st 2004 by Serpent's Tail

    (first published 1989)

  • The Married Man
  • 1,099 ratings
  • September 11th 2001 by Vintage

    (first published May 30th 2000)

Edmund White
  • Edmund White

  • Date of birth: January 13, 1940
  • Born: in The United States.

  • Description: Edmund White's novels include Fanny: A Fiction, A Boy's Own Story, The Farewell Symphony, and A Married Man. He is also the author of a biography of Jean Genet, a study of Marcel Proust, The Flâneur: A Stroll Through the Paradoxes of Paris, and, most recently, his memoir, My Lives. Having lived in Paris for many years, he is now a New Yorker and teaches at Princeton University. He was also a member of The Violet Quill, a gay writer's group that met briefly from 1980-81.