We gave it an A-
Did straight author Stephen Crane (The Red Badge of Courage) really dictate, on his deathbed at age 28, a novel about a teenage male prostitute in 1890s Manhattan? Almost certainly not, but that’s the intriguing scenario Edmund White spins.
White also portrays novelist Henry James as an extremely mean, repressed old queen.
Hotel de Dream is a clever mash-up of literary biography, creative-writing exercise, and bygone-gay-demimonde history.