This is a rare unread vintage and out of print copy of A Boy's Own Story written by Edmund White in 1983 and published and distributed by PICADOR FICTION. This softcover book is XX pages in length and measures 7 x 1 x 5 inches. Front binding scraped but unread. See photos for condition.
"Edmund White has crossed The Catcher in the Rye with De profundis, JD Salinger with Oscar Wilde, to create an extraordinary novel. It is a clear and sinister pool in which goldfish and piranhas both swim.
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 their sons who should be princes... Mr White writes with shimmering sensuousness. 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.
- THE NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW
'A whole young life, abstracted and vulnerable as a Picasso acrobat, on its high wire between invention and total recall. The style can take your breath away. - JAMES MERRILL
'A large and happy accomplishment... full of pungent observations, wonderful language, and convincing sensuality... Edmund White is one of the outstanding writers of prose in America today. - SUSAN SONTAG
"This is not exclusively a homosexual boy's story. It is any boy's story, to the marvelous degree that it evokes the inchoate longing of late childhood and adolescence, the sense that somehow, someday, somewhere life will provide a focus for these longings, and the agonizing length of time that life seems to take in getting around to this particular place of business. For all I know, it may be any girl's story as well... we are in the hands of a superior craftsman. I can say with conviction that it is one of the two or three best novels I've read all this season. - THE NEW YORK TIMES
'With A Boy's Own Story American literature is larger by one classic novel'
THOMAS M DISCH - THE WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLD.