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04/01/93

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Edmund White to read from his work April 12

STANFORD -- Novelist and essayist Edmund White will read from his work at 8 p.m. Monday, April 12, in Kresge Auditorium, Law School. This is the final presentation in the 1992-93 Jean and Bill Lane Lecture Series and is open to the public without charge.

White is the author of five novels, several non-fiction books and many short stories. His novels A Boy's Own Story and The Beautiful Room Is Empty are semi-autobiographical chronicles of a homosexual man, beginning with the emotional turmoil experienced in adolescence and going on to acceptance of and full participation in the gay life. A Boy's Own Story has become a classic of coming-of-age literature, in which, according to one critic, White balances the banal and the savage, the funny and the lovely.

White's non-fiction work, such as States of Desire: Travels in Gay America and The Joy of Gay Sex, describes and explains the complexities of gay culture to both heterosexuals and homosexuals. His articles on various aspects of gay life, particularly the devastation wrought by AIDS, have appeared in Artforum International, Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, Vogue and Life.

White divides his time between Paris and Providence, R.I., where he teaches in the Brown University creative writing program.

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