Hotel de Dream

Hotel de Dream

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Stephen Crane is writing a new story, and it may be his last. The year is 1900. The famous author of The Red Badge of Courage is travelling to a Black Forest clinic in search of a cure for the tuberculosis that threatens his life. He dictates to his wife, Cora, the story of 'The Painted Boy', inspired by a real-life encounter with a fifteen-year-old newsboy, Elliott, one wintry day in the Bowery. In the story Elliott is both impressionable and elusive. He finds himself the object of the hopeless affections of Theodore, the staid middle-aged banker who sets him up in an apartment and visits him every day. Elliott frequents the Fairy Saloons of turn-of-the-century Manhattan, home to an outrageous, hedonistic group of raggle-taggle transvestites. Slowly, Theodore is drawn into a seedy underworld of secrets and betrayal that endangers their love, their homes, and their lives. The story grows as Crane's strength deteriorates, and the outcome of the story becomes as critical as the author's life itself. Atmospheric and tender, Hotel de Dream is a deftly layered novel of longing, both gay and straight.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 135 x 216mm | 378g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0747590591
  • 9780747590590
  • 939,766

About Edmund White

Edmund White has written one previous historical novel, Fanny: A Fiction. He is best known for his trilogy of autobiographical novels, A Boy's Own Story, The Beautiful Room is Empty and The Farewell Symphony and two bestselling works of non-fiction, The Flaneur: A Stroll through the Paradoxes of Paris and his memoir, My Lives. He is the author of a long biography of Jean Genet and a short life of Marcel Proust. White lives in New York and teaches writing at Princeton.show more

Review quote

'Edmund White is one of the three or four most virtuosic living writers of sentences in the English language' Dave Eggers When Edmund White writes about Stephen Crane, it is the case of one American master turning his attention to another. The book is a marvel of the subtle layers of story-telling, and at every layer it is fascinating, tragic, and utterly beautiful' Ann Patchett PRAISE FOR THE FAREWELL SYMPHONY: 'A work of singular accomplisment' SUNDAY TIMES PRAISE FOR MY LIVES: 'A vital and engrossing book. He has a luxuriantly observant memory, and his past is evoked with keen feeling as well as a pervasive self-deprecating wit His account of himself is clear, humorous, never coy' Alan Hollinghurst, GUARDIANshow more

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652 ratings
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4 33% (215)
3 35% (225)
2 10% (62)
1 4% (24)
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