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Bastard, thief, prostitute, jailbird, homosexual, Jean Genet was one of French literature's sacred monsters. In works from Our Lady of the Flowers to A Thief''s Journal, he created a scandalous personal mythology while savaging the conventions of his society. His career was a series of calculated shocks marked by feuds, rootlessness, and the embrace of unpopular causes and outcast peoples. Now this most enigmatic of writers has found his ideal biographer in renowned novelist Edmund White, whose eloquent and often poignant chronicle does justice to the unruly narrative of Genet's life even as it maps the various worlds in which he lived and the perverse landscape of his imagination. This biography of Genet explores the perverse extremes of his life and writing, and separates the fact from the mythology which was fostered by Genet himself. Edmund White has interviewed lovers, friends, publishers and acquaintances, and has drawn from Genet's  personal letters (a number published here for the first time) and other original sources. Usual Price: $34.95

Paperback, 820 Pages, Orig. Publ. 1993, This Ed. Publ. 2004

Author: Edmund White

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