100 Heroes: Edmund White

The gay man who helped document The Joy of Gay Sex.

100 Heroes: Edmund White

Edmund White is one of our great gay writers - a novelist, memoirist, and an essayist on literary and social topics.

In 2019, White received the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters from the National Book Foundation.

Let take a look at his life and legacy.

Early life

Born in 1940, White grew up in Chicago. He says that he wrote from a young age, to try and process his emotions and experiences.

White reportedly wrote a novel when he was 15, about his experiences of being a gay teenager.


Instead of going to college, White moved to New York where he became a journalist.

His debut novel was released in 1973.

White's books include The Joy of Gay Sex (1977), his trio of autobiographic novels - A Boy's Own Story (1982), The Beautiful Room Is Empty (1988) and The Farewell Symphony (1997) - and his biography of Jean Genet.

White's latest novel - A Saint From Texas - will be released on 4 August.

Personal life

White has been in a relationship with Michael Carroll since 1995. The couple married in 2013.

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