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Pioneering Gay Author Edmund White Suffers Stroke

Towleroad is reporting gay novelist Edmund White (A Boy’s Own Story, The Beautiful Room is Empty, Jack Holmes and his Friend) suffered a stroke earlier this month.

White discussed his condition via a Facebook post dictated to his longtime partner, Michael Carroll.

A word from Ed and me:

Forgive my neglect in reporting on Ed. Ed’s condition is more serious than before but his improvement is remarkable on a daily basis. I’m busy but not as busy as the first time around since he’s in an excellent facility getting great care and being forced through a great number of daily therapies.

He can now raise his right arm fluidly and unhaltingly and his speech is more and more articulate. I’m grateful that it occurred in the hospital, though I do believe they dawdled a bit in getting him stroke-specific treatment. More on that later.

Ed says, “I’m already reviewing a book and thinking about completing my memoir. I’m 2/3 through and hope to finish it in November, even if I have to dictate to Michael Carroll.”

xo MC & EW

This is White’s second stroke. He spoke to the Guardian of his first, which took place last Thanksgiving:

“When I had this stroke, I kept saying to a friend of mine, oh there’s nothing wrong. But I couldn’t get the words out. Luckily they called an ambulance. I was a master at denial. I still am. I keep saying, oh there’s nothing wrong. But my sister was here and said, you’re different. You’re having trouble talking. There’s less excitement in my personality than there used to be.”

We wish Ed a speedy recovery.

Photo: David Shankbone

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11 Comments

  • Frederick

    I always enjoy reading Edmund White’s books; I wish him a speedy recovery.

  • Miguel

    A great writer. Hope he will get better soon a grace us with another book.

  • Martin

    Let’s be honest, Edmund White isn’t that good of a writer and is way overrated and lionized pointlessly. He is pretty vile with his obsession with his own incest and how he’s in denial about how as an HIV+ person thinks he can bareback with other HIV+ people and not get other strains of HIV or infect other people, or not tell his HIV+ status and it’s all good.

    I hope he has a speedy recovery since strokes are debilitating.

  • Martin

    Edmund White isn’t that good of a writer and is way overrated and lionized pointlessly. He is pretty vile with his obsession with his own in cest and how he’s in denial about how as an HIV+ person thinks he can bareback with other HIV+ people and not get other strains of HIV or infect other people, or not tell his HIV+ status and it’s all good.

    I hope he has a speedy recovery since strokes are debilitating.

  • David Ehrenstein

    Oh this is awful. Ed is not only a teriffic writer, he’s a wonderful man.

  • Belize

    @Martin: “Edmund White isn’t that good of a writer and is way overrated and lionized pointlessly”

    Which really is more than one can say about trolls.

  • Dave

    What Martin wrote is true. Look for EW’s wikipedia interview and actually read it.

  • Jesse Archer

    Get well soon, Mr White!

  • Alan Brickman

    Edmund White, you are a sir and a gentleman! Wishing you a speedy recovery!

  • Peter Grande

    A Speedy recovery to Edmund……Love all of his books.

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