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The Farewell Symphony

White, Edmund

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ISBN 10: 0701136219 / ISBN 13: 9780701136215
Published by Chatto & Windus, 1997
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Title: The Farewell Symphony

Publisher: Chatto & Windus

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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In his two most celebrated novels, A BOY'S OWN STORY and THE BEAUTIFUL ROOM IS EMPTY, Edmund White charted the story of an American homosexual through the 1960s and 1970s. They received huge acclaim, and the third in the sequence - which covers the 80s - is long-awaited. In THE FAREWELL SYMPHONY Edmund White has drwan together all his experience of gay life in the 80's - sexual adventure, cultural explosion, travel, gossip, the political shifts of the time, love - and transformed them into a wonderfully witty and moving chronicle. Set in Europe and the US, and including portraits (thinly disguised) of some of the key figures of the time. THE FAREWELL SYMPHONY opens up a world which feels painfully and fascinatingly real. This novel will be a major literary event.


Edmund White has long been praised as one of America's most accomplished novelists. The Farewell Symphony is the final volume in the autobiographical trilogy that began with A Boy's Own Story and The Beautiful Room Is Empty. It details the narrator's life in New York in the 1970s and his flight to Paris as the AIDS epidemic begins. White's prose, at once lucid and magical, is the essence of great writing. Its plainspoken cadences and language resonate with the tragedy of youthful passion giving way to hard-earned knowledge. Like Sherwood Anderson or Theodore Dreiser, White has captured the soul of the American experience--in this case a gay male experience--and made it into art.

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