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Oct 04, 1994
| ISBN 9780679755739
Sep 08, 2010
| ISBN 9780307764508
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Oct 04, 1994 | ISBN 9780679755739
Sep 08, 2010 | ISBN 9780307764508
Combining glittering wit, an atmosphere dense in social paranoia, and a breathtaking elegance and precision of language, White’s first novel suggests a hilarious apotheosis of the comedy of manners. For, on the privileged island community where Forgetting Elena takes place, manners are everything. Or so it seems to White’s excruciatingly self-conscious young narrator who desperately wants to be accepted in this world where everything from one’s bathroom habits to the composition of "spontaneous" poetry is subject to rigid conventions.
Edmund White was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1940. His fiction includes the autobiographical trilogy A Boy’s Own Story, The Beautiful Room Is Empty, and The Farewell Symphony, as well as Caracole, Forgetting Elena, Nocturnes for the King of Naples, and Skinned Alive, a collection of… More about Edmund White
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