Edmund White – Hotel de Dream

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Dream or Reality?

Hotel de Dream UK coverEdmund White, American writer whose subject is often the sexual mores of society – as a gay man born in 1940 he has lived through, and charted, many changes in attitudes towards same-sex relationships – here writes a rather brilliant book about the dying days of nineteenth century realist writer and journalist, Stephen Crane.

Hotel de Dream mixes known facts of Crane’s life and known at-the-time assessment of his character, with plausible `what-if’ invention. Large sections of the book contain the dictated work of a last novel, The Painted Boy, which Crane, painfully dying from tuberculosis, coughs up his life’s blood to finish, dictating it to his `wife’ Cora Taylor, in wrenched out, feverish whispers

Crane, who did die from a final pulmonary haemorrhage, from TB, in a health spa in Germany, at the ridiculously young age of 28, was a writer in the naturalist, realist tradition…

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About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her: Stephenyhoughtlin.com
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2 Responses to Edmund White – Hotel de Dream

  1. noelleg44 says:

    Fascinating, Stepheny. I always wanted to know more about Stephen Crane.

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