‘Master memoirist’ looks at latest work

Edmund White
Edmund White

Brighton Festival welcomes author, biographer and journalist Edmund White to the city for a special event in which he discusses his latest work Inside a Pearl with writer and broadcaster Simon Fanshawe (Sunday, May 25, 8pm).

Spokesman Chris Challis said: “Effortlessly mixing serious artistic and historical concerns with the soap opera of urban life, Edmund White is a master memoirist.

“In Inside A Pearl, White turns his attention to the years spent in Paris, which were the sexiest and most exciting times in his life.

“With the extraordinary cast of characters including Yves St Laurent, Christian Lacroix, Susan Sontag, Julian Barnes, Martin Amis and Kristin Scott-Thomas, this is a hugely significant document of cultural history.

“Edmund White was 43 years old when he moved to Paris in 1983.

“He spoke no French and knew just two people in the entire city, but soon discovered the anxieties and pleasures of mastering a new culture.

“White fell passionately in love with Paris, its beauty in the half-light and eternal mists; its serenity compared with the New York he had known.

“Intoxicated by its culture, he became an established writer, biographer and journalist, ultimately receiving the French Order of Arts and Letters.

“When he left, 15 years later, to return to the US, he was fluent enough to broadcast on French radio and TV, and as a journalist had made the acquaintance of everyone from Yves St Laurent to Catherine Deneuve to Michel Foucault.

“Inside a Pearl vividly recalls those fertile years, and offers a brilliant examination of a city and a culture eternally imbued with an aura of enchantment.”

Tickets: 01273 709709 or brightonfestival.org.