Item #8170 A Boy's Own Story. Edmund White.
A Boy's Own Story
A Boy's Own Story
A Boy's Own Story

A Boy's Own Story

New York: E.P. Dutton, Inc., 1982. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's oatmeal cloth over rose paper-covered boards, spine gilt, original photo-illustrated dust jacket.

Signed first edition of White's autobiographical third novel, a gay bildungsroman of midcentury America, published the same year White co-founded the Gay Men's Health Crisis, a New York City–based non-profit, volunteer-supported and community-based AIDS service organization whose mission statement is "to end the AIDS epidemic and uplift the lives of all affected." Writing for the New York Times, a contemporary reviewer said, "Indeed, the subject of 'A Boy's Own Story' is less a particular boy than the bodies and souls of American men: the teachers and masters; the lovers, brothers, hustlers and friends; the flawed fathers who would be kings to sons who should be princes. Mr. White writes, with shimmering sensuousness, of the male body – of the play of muscle, of light on skin, of the curl of hair.... White is too sophisticated to believe that art imitates reality, but 'A Boy's Own Story' has a compelling exactitude. Balancing the banal and the savage, the funny and the lovely, he achieves a wonderfully poised fiction." Stated first edition, with complete number row to copyright page. Signed by the author on the front endpaper. Unclipped dust jacket with minor chipping to head of spine, else fine. Item #8170

$400.00

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