The famed writer Stephen Crane is travelling to a German clinic in search of a cure for the tuberculosis that threatens his life. Knowing it may be his last chance, he dictates the story of 'The Painted Boy', inspired by a real-life encounter. But as the story delves into the seedy underworld of turn-of-the-century Manhattan, Crane's health deteriorates and the outcome of the story becomes as critical as the author's life itself.
First published 2007.
By the acclaimed author of A Boy's Own Story
'Eccentric, disgracefully funny and shockingly beautiful by turns; determined both to describe the world as it really is and to invent it anew' Guardian 'Powerful ... full of telling period detail and couched in White's customary honeyed prose ... This is a tender and moving book worthy of its distinguished protagonist' Daily Mail 'The masterfully multi-layered Hotel de Dream is an illuminating commentary on storytelling' Financial Times 'White's imaginative recreations of Crane's work provide the novel's best passages ... his mimetic prose is marvellously convincing ... engrossing' Sunday Times
Edmund White has written one previous historical novel, Fanny: A Fiction. He is best known for his trilogy of autobiographical novels, A Boy's Own Story, The Beautiful Room is Empty and The Farewell Symphony, and the bestselling The Flaneur: A Stroll through the Paradoxes of Paris. He is the author of a long biography of Jean Genet and a short life of Marcel Proust. White lives in New York and teaches writing at Princeton.