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Memorial Prize. This was followed by The Light of Day (2003) and Tomorrow (2007). His first non-fiction book, Making an Elephant: Writing from Within, was published in 2009.
Edmund White was born in 1940 in Cincinnati, Ohio and grew up in Chicago. He worked in New York as a journalist then moved to France in 1983. He published two novels before the success of A Boy’s Own Story (1982), the first in a tetralogy of autobiographical novels, with The Beautiful Room is Empty (1988), The Farewell Symphony (1997) and The Married Man (2000). He has written several collections of essays, and his biography of Jean Genet (1993) won the National Book Critics Circle Award. His most recent books are Chaos and Hotel de Dream (both 2007), and Rimbaud: The Double Life of a Rebel (2008). He teaches writing at Princeton University and lives in New York City.