One of acclaimed novelist Edmund White’s semi-autobiographical books has been adapted into graphic novel format with A boy’s own story.
The novel, originally published in 1982, was hailed by the New York Times as a cross between JD Salinger and Oscar Wilde. The novel was a powerful contribution to the literature that pioneered the portrayal of homosexuality and empowerment that emerged from the Stonewall riots and the gay rights era that followed.
Here is the official description:
A boy’s own story is now a classic coming-of-age story, but with a twist: the young protagonist grows up gay during one of the most repressive periods in American history. Set in the time and place of writer Edmund White’s adolescence in the 1950s Midwest, the novel became an instant bestseller and, for many readers, was not only about gay identity, but also about the pain of a child in a broken family as he searches for love in anything but stable world. Still, the book quickly contributed to the empowerment literature that grew out of the Stonewall riots and the gay rights era that followed. Readers are still occupied by the thoughts and dry humor of the main character, and many are still shocked by the sexually confessional and courageous nature of his revelations, his witty observations, comical situations and scenes described by the unusually erudite young narrator, the tenderness of his loneliness and the vivid pain of his imagination. A boy’s own story is lyrical, witty, undisguised and authentic.
Now, to bring this landmark novel to life for today’s readers, White is joined by co-writers Brian Alessandro and Michael Carroll and artist Igor Karash in a stunning graphic interpretation of the novel. The poetic nuances of White’s language flow across lavishly painted panels that evoke Cincinnati in the 1950s, Paris in the 1980s, and every dreamlike moment in between. The result is a creative adaptation of the original from 1982 A boy’s own story with additional personal and historical elements from the author’s life.
Published by Top Shelf Productions Edmund White’s Own Story: A Graphic Novel today.
LRM Online has some exclusive excerpts from the graphic novel that tell some of the story and mesmerizing artwork.
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Source: LRM Online Exclusive, Top Shelf Productions