Past Event
Books & Debates

Edmund White

Sat 1 Feb 2014

Please note that this event now has unreserved seating, and will be held on the Brighton Dome Concert Hall stage, so please allow plenty of time to arrive. The entrance is still via the auditorium.

One of America's most prominent gay writers, Edmund White is a master memoirist as well as a novelist of rare distinction, and in his latest book he recalls the most exciting times in his life: the 15 years he spent living in Paris. In conversation with the writer and broadcaster Simon Fanshawe, he recalls his love affair with the city and its intoxicating and intellectually stimulating atmosphere, presenting us with a glittering cast of characters that ranges from Yves St Laurent and Kristin Scott Thomas to Martin Amis and Susan Sontag.

‘Edmund White has three voices. First there is the storyteller, relaxed, conversational, an anecdotalist, an inspired flâneur. Then there is the poet: on every page there lies in wait a metaphor of startling precision, an image that holds and reattracts the eye. And then there is the laic philosopher, who observes human life from the highest altitudes, held aloft by vast infusions of erudition and experience’ Martin Amis

‘Edmund White is one of the three or four most virtuostic living writers of sentences in the English language’ Dave Eggers