• "Edmund White has done a scrupulous job in uncovering the truth-His best achievement is to analyse and evaluate Genet's contribution to literature and to clarify his originality. He points up his inspired verbal invention and dense, impacted prose with many a felicitous quotation. This biography is elegant meticulous and wholly satisfying"

    Sunday Telegraph
  • "A superb introduction to the great novelist and playwright, vagabond, thief and convict, and to the brutal childhood from which he mined his remarkable vision"

    J G Ballard, Sunday Times
  • "'White's Genet is well written and clearly argues throughout-As an orthodox monument to an unorthodox man, Genet is unlikely to be surpassed' Guardian"