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Publication date  September 28, 1982
Pages  217 pp
OCLC  8493518
Author  Edmund White
Country  United States of America
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Language  English
Media type  Hardback and paperback
ISBN  0-525-24128-0
Originally published  28 September 1982
Publisher  E. P. Dutton
Genres  Novel, Autobiography
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Followed by  The Beautiful Room Is Empty
Similar  Edmund White books, Novels

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A Boy’s Own Story is a 1982 semi-autobiographical novel by Edmund White.

Contents

Overview

A Boy’s Own Story is the first of a trilogy of novels, describing a boy’s coming of age and documenting a young man’s experience of homosexuality in the 1950s in Cincinnati, Chicago and Michigan. The trilogy continued with The Beautiful Room Is Empty (1988) and The Farewell Symphony (1997) which brought the setting up to the 1990s. Although all three share a number of themes and are frequently considered at least partly autobiographical, they do not tell a linear story in the manner of some trilogies, and can be read independently of one another.

Plot

The story starts when the narrator, aged 15, experiences the physical side of young love with his twelve-year-old friend Kevin O'Brien. Although he is the younger boy, Kevin takes the lead in the sexual activity. Kevin's remoteness keeps the relationship one-sided; he forgets all about it once each session is over, whereas the narrator gets more and more worried about his deep feelings. As the book progresses, he starts to have cravings for anal penetration. The encounters between the two adolescents become infrequent and are kept in the background, and the narrator's soul-searching about his homosexuality continues...

Literary significance and criticism

It has been suggested that A Boy's Own Story combines elements of J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye and Oscar Wilde's De Profundis.

References

A Boy's Own Story Wikipedia


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