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Edmund White Quotes

Edmund White Quotes & Quotations
Edmund White
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    As a young teenager I looked desperately for things to read that might excuse me or assure me I wasn't the only one, that might confirm an identity I was unhappily piecing together. Edmund_WhiteEdmund White
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    Biography can be the most middle-class of all forms, the judgment of little people avenging themselves on the great. Edmund_WhiteEdmund White
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    I abandoned fiction for playwriting then for a number of years before taking it up again to write The Beautiful Room Is Empty in the mid-1960s. Edmund_WhiteEdmund White
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    I didn't want to write a biographie romancee especially since I already write novels, nor did I want to challenge the rules of the biography game, arbitrary as those rules might be. Edmund_WhiteEdmund White
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    I think sincerity was my sole aesthetic and realism my experimental technique. Edmund_WhiteEdmund White
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    I think that there are empty ecological niches in the literary landscape crying to be filled and when a book more or less fills a niche it's seized on, even when it's a far from perfect fit. Edmund_WhiteEdmund White
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    If I take a less defensive tone, I'd admit that I couldn't write today a very jazzy, contemporary look at America as I did in 1979 in States of Desire. Edmund_WhiteEdmund White
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    In the case of my book, I don't think it's really the coming-out gay novel that everyone really needed, even though it was received as such. The boy is too creepy, he betrays his teacher, the only adult man with whom he's enjoyed a sexual experience, etc. Edmund_WhiteEdmund White
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    Of course the success of A Boy's Own Story took me utterly off guard. Edmund_WhiteEdmund White
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    There was a certain hum that would be generated by the book when I was writing well; I'd stop working the instant that hum snapped off. Edmund_WhiteEdmund White
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    These rejections hurt me terribly because I felt it was my life that was being rejected. Edmund_WhiteEdmund White
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    With my gaudy, exotic material I wanted to create large, dreamy constructions that would not be decorative but powerfully expressive. Edmund_WhiteEdmund White