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Author Edmund White Suffers Stroke

Legendary gay author Edmund White (A Boy's Own Story, The Beautiful Room is Empty, The Farewell Symphony) suffered a stroke earlier this month according to a notice to friends on his Facebook page, dictated to his partner Michael Carroll. Carroll indicated that the information could be made public.

WhiteThe setback is apparently the second for the writer, the first having happened last Thanksgiving in Providence.

Of the more recent stroke, Carroll writes:

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."

xoMC & EW

Towleroad wishes Ed White the best in his recovery.

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  1. Sending my best wishes for a speedy and complete recovery to Mr. White.

    Posted by: carl | May 23, 2012 8:25:21 AM

  2. A Boy's Own Story was the first gay book I read as a gay teen. For once I knew I was not alone. Keep going Edmund.

    Posted by: Sylvatica | May 23, 2012 8:26:46 AM

  3. If anybody's looking to be schooled on gay lit and art history, look no further than Edmund White's Arts & Letters. Damn, it's great.

    Godspeed, Edmund!

    Posted by: AdamA | May 23, 2012 11:34:35 AM

  4. Wishing him all the best. He's an amazing author.

    Posted by: Kevin | May 23, 2012 11:43:17 AM

  5. Never was there a sweeter more generous man and writer-- much love to him and Michael as he recovers. Big hug!

    Posted by: rob | May 23, 2012 12:29:47 PM

  6. All my support to them both - a terrific author.

    Posted by: Alex | May 23, 2012 12:31:06 PM

  7. Godspeed, sending positive thoughts to you and your partner.

    Posted by: Carlos | May 23, 2012 2:19:40 PM

  8. Nocturnes for the King of Naples is a masterpiece -- sad to hear this -- just as influential as Gore Vidal in his quiet way! Get well soon!

    Posted by: David B. | May 23, 2012 3:26:27 PM

  9. 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.,_incest,_life_and_Larry_Kramer

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

    Posted by: Seattlequeer | May 23, 2012 4:53:26 PM

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