Edmund White

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  • Tony Purvis (University of Sunderland)

Edmund Valentine White III was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on January 13, 1940. This Mid-Western and predominantly white middle-class location has been described by White as “very conservative” (Stephen Barber, 1999: 19). White's family can also be described as very prosperous, largely as a result of his father's business interests. Born in rural Texas, Edmund V White II, White's father, trained as an engineer and his subsequent work in the chemical equipment industry secured the family's relative wealth. His mother, Delilah T White, also born in Texas, shared this wealth until his parents divorced when White was seven. White's elder sister, psychotherapist Margaret Fleming, described how the divorce was to have a deep and lasting …

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Citation:
Purvis, Tony. "Edmund White". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 January 2002
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=4947, accessed 19 April 2014.]


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