All writers mine their lives, some most clearly through combining the autobiographical and the fictional, so that, as with Christopher Isherwood, their works become a mixture of the self-revelatory and observations of the worlds in which they have lived. In more recent times, no one has more closely followed Isherwood than Edmund White, now the author of more than twenty books, professor of writing at Princeton, and a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books.
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Dennis Altman is a Professorial Fellow in Human Security at La Trobe University, and the author of fourteen books. His most recent books are Queer Wars (with Jonathan Symons) and How to vote Progressive (co-edited with Sean Scalmer), both published in 2016.
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Perhaps it might be more accurate to say that White's lovers died from (full-blown) AIDS or AIDS-related illness as opposed to 'Aids'?Monday, 14 July 2014 16:12 posted by Gemma Mahadeo
In the late 70s-early 80s, I'm ignorant of whether or not people were defined in journalism and literature of the time as being HIV-positive (before progression of that to AIDS) and asked an academic friend who specialises in the field of HIV/AIDS research for clarification as people today are more informed about HIV positive loading, which wouldn’t have been known at that time.
If it’s a typing error, then please disregard my comment.
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