Noted biographer, novelist, memorist, and literary and social critic, Edmund V. White, will be the speaker at the 7th annual James Merrill Lecture on Sunday, May 15th at the LaGrua Center in Stonington, CT. His lecture, “A Story of a Friendship,” scheduled for 5:00 p.m., is free and open to the public. White knew James Merrill from Merrill’s earliest days as a poet as both were gaining a foothold in literary circles in New York City in the early 1950s.

Edmund White has written some twenty-five books. He is perhaps best known for his biography of French writer Jean Genet, for which he won the National Book Critics Circle Award. He is also the author of a trilogy of autobiographical novels—A Boy’s Own Story, The Beautiful Room Is Empty, and The Farewell Symphony. His novel, The Married Man, takes place in France, the United States and Morocco and deals with the intimate psychological repercussions of AIDS. He has written brief lives of Marcel Proust and Arthur Rimbaud and a book about unconventional Paris called The Flaneur. His most recent published works of fiction are Chaos and Hotel de Dream and his latest non-fiction is City Boy, a memoir about New York in the 1970s. He has just completed a novel, Jack Holmes and His Friend, about the friendship between a gay man and a straight man. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is an officer in the French Order of Arts and Letters. He teaches writing at Princeton University and lives in New York City.

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