The Unpunished Vice

The Unpunished Vice

A Life of Reading

Book - 2018
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Baker & Taylor
The acclaimed author of A Boy's Own Story describes the key role that reading played throughout his life and helped shape his tastes, memories and gave him enjoyment, providing light and laughter in his darkest times.

McMillan Palgrave

A new memoir from acclaimed author Edmund White about his life as a reader.

Literary icon Edmund White made his name through his writing but remembers his life through the books he has read. For White, each momentous occasion came with a book to match: Proust's Remembrance of Things Past, which opened up the seemingly closed world of homosexuality while he was at boarding school in Michigan; the Ezra Pound poems adored by a lover he followed to New York; the biography of Stephen Crane that inspired one of White's novels. But it wasn't until heart surgery in 2014, when he temporarily lost his desire to read, that White realized the key role that reading played in his life: forming his tastes, shaping his memories, and amusing him through the best and worst life had to offer.

Blending memoir and literary criticism, The Unpunished Vice is a compendium of all the ways reading has shaped White's life and work. His larger-than-life presence on the literary scene lends itself to fascinating, intimate insights into the lives of some of the world's best-loved cultural figures. With characteristic wit and candor, he recalls reading Henry James to Peggy Guggenheim in her private gondola in Venice and phone calls at eight o'clock in the morning to Vladimir Nabokov--who once said that White was his favorite American writer.

Featuring writing that has appeared in the New York Review of Books and the Paris Review, among others, The Unpunished Vice is a wickedly smart and insightful account of a life in literature.


A new memoir from acclaimed author Edmund White about his life as a reader.

Baker
& Taylor

The well-known American novelist writes about some of the famous authors and works that have influenced him at every stage in his career as a writer and teacher.

Publisher: New York :, Bloomsbury Publishing,, 2018
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781635571172
Branch Call Number: 813.54 WHI
Characteristics: 225 pages ;,22 cm

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