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A Boy's Own Story

by White, Edmund

Condition: Near Fine/Good+


New York: E. P. Dutton, 1982. First printing. Bumped at the bottom corner. Otherwise fine. The dust jacket has many scuffed spots. There are many small punctures on the spine. The price, $13.95, is present on the front flap. In Brodart archival dust jacket protector.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Good+. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

Originally published in 1982 as the first of Edmund White's trilogy of autobiographical novels, A Boy's Own Story became an instant classic for its pioneering portrayal of homosexuality. The book's unnamed narrator, growing up during the 1950s, is beset by aloof parents, a cruel sister, and relentless mocking from his peers, compelling him to seek out works of art and literature as solace-and to uncover new relationships in the struggle to embrace his own sexuality. Lyrical and poignant, with powerful evocations of shame and yearning, this is an American literary treasure.




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On Sep 10 2008, RaymondMA said:
  "Interesting look at the experinces and fealing of a young man trying to deal with his sexual identity . Edmund White starts off this story at fourteen almost like a deranged harliqin novel then goes back into his childhood and tryes to expain to himself and the reader what lead to his pasions . He then moves into his many relations he had which impacted his life in trying to figure out himself . There are explinations of granduer , power , self pitty , doubt , counceling , self acceptance , control / controling ,and religous exploration all trying to find himself allong the way . Deffinitly not a subject mater for everyone but none the less still a good interesting story "

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