Edmund White is an American novelist, memoirist, and an essayist on literary and social topics. Much of his writing is on the theme of same-sex love. His books include The Joy of Gay Sex (1977) (written with Charles Silverstein), his trio of autobiographic novels, A Boy’s Own Story (1982), The Beautiful Room Is Empty (1988) and The Farewell Symphony (1997), and his biography of Jean Genet. His debut novel, Forgetting Elena (1973), set on an island, can be read as commenting on gay culture in a coded manner. The American/Russian novelist Vladimir Nabokov called it “a marvelous book.” His next novel, Nocturnes for the King of Naples (1978) was explicitly gay-themed and drew on his own life. From 1980 to 1981, White was a member of a gay writers’ group, The Violet Quill, which met briefly during that period and included Andrew Holleran and Felice Picano. Critically acclaimed memoirs published by White include Our Paris: Sketches from Memory (1995); My Lives (2005); City Boy (2009); Inside a Pearl: My Years in Paris(2014); and The Unpunished Vice: A Life of Reading (2018).