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Original Youth: The Real Story of Edmund White's Boyhood

by Keith Fleming
£8.99   paperback  Green Candy (2007)

Original Youth: The Real Story of Edmund White It isn't often that a memoirist gets the biographic treatment, but the story of Edmund White's youth was too dramatic to resist.
 
In this bracing true-life tale, Keith Fleming, White's nephew whom he adopted, captures a particularly unusual childhood. Forced to be a confidante to his unhinged mother, terrified and attracted to his imperious father, the teenager White became a Buddhist, a cruiser of hustlers and married men, and an FBI drug informant on his way to ultimate fame as a leading gay literary figure.
 
Drawing on personal knowledge, letters, photographs, and extensive interviews with those closest to "Eddie," Fleming neither exploits his subject nor sugar-coats him. Original Youth is a rich portrait of a complex subject and a "wild child" who managed to survive and flourish against all odds.

ISBN 13: 9781931160445 | ISBN 10: 1931160449