The Selected Essays of Gore Vidal

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Vintage International, 2009 - 458 sÝ­ur
Gore Vidal—novelist, playwright, critic, screenwriter, memoirist, indefatigable political commentator, and controversialist—is America's premier man of letters. No other living writer brings more sparkling wit, vast learning, indelible personality, and provocative mirth to the job of writing an essay.This long-needed volume comprises some twenty-four of his best-loved pieces of criticism, political commentary, memoir, portraiture, and, occasionally, unfettered score settling. It will stand as one of the most enjoyable and durable works from the hand and mind of this vastly accomplished and entertaining immortal of American literature.

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Edited collection of the essays both literary and political of the great American novelist, from the 1950s to the 2000s. This is, as is to be expected, an idiosyncratic, occasionally dyspeptic, highly ... Read full review

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A green book, in that it contains >90% recycled material. Much better value for the money would be picking up a used copy of Vidal's United States, which itself is composed of nearly everything that ... Read full review


Novelists and Critics of the 1940s 1953
Tarzan Revisited 1963
The Top Ten BestSellers According to the Sunday
Theories of the New Novel 1967
Calvinos Novels 1974
The Hacks of Academe 1976
William Dean Howells 1983
The American Writer 1987
Passage to Egypt 1963
The Holy Family 1967
Homage to Daniel Shays 1972
An American Sissy 1981
Monotheism and Its Discontents 1992
State of the Union 2004

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Gore Vidal was born in 1925 at the United States Military Academy at West Point. His first novel, Williwaw, written when he was nineteen years old and serving in the Army, appeared in the spring of 1946. Since then he has written twenty-three novels, five plays, many screenplays, short stories, well over two hundred essays, and a memoir.Jay Parini (born 1948) is an American writer and academic. Among his works of fiction and criticism are The Last Station, John Steinbeck, and Benjamin's Crossing. Parini is Gore Vidal's literary executor and a regular contributor to various journals and newspapers, including The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Guardian (U.K.). In 1976, he cofounded New England Review, and he has taught at Middlebury College since 1982. He lives in Vermont.

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