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Inside a Pearl: My Years in Paris

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Columbia University Morningside Campus East Gallery, Buell Hall

Edmund White, in conversation with Elisabeth Ladenson

When author Edmund White moved to Paris in 1983, leaving NYC in the midst of the AIDS crisis, he was 43, couldnt speak French, and only knew two people in the entire city. When he returned 15 years later,  he was fluent enough to broadcast on French radio and TV, and hed met everyone from Yves Saint Laurent to Catherine Deneuve to Michel Foucault.  Inside a Pearl is a memoir that gossips and ruminates, and offers a brilliant examination of a city and a culture imbued with an aura of enchantment. White is the author of many critically acclaimed books, the most recent being Jack Holmes and his Friend. His previous book about Paris is The Flaneur. He is an officer of the French Order of Arts and Letters and won the France-Amriques award in 2013.

Elisabeth Ladenson is Professor of French and Department Chair at Columbia.

Co-sponsored by the Columbia Maison Franaise and the Institute for Research in Women, Gender and Sexuality