Clouds and Eclipses by Gore Vidal
The Collected Short Stories

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Celebrated for more than fifty years as a world-renowned novelist, essayist, and political figure and commentator, Gore Vidal is less known for the exquisitely crafted short fiction he wrote as a young man. Like the work of Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams, his stories have been overshadowed by the author’s triumphs writing in other genres. Still, Vidal’s short fiction offers us a portrait of the young artist in the 1940s and 1950s. His subtle and comic tales often center on adolescence and homosexual themes. In Three Stratagems, a middle-aged gay man encounters a male prostitute while vacationing in Key West. In The Zenner Trophy, the star athlete at an elite boys school is expelled for sexual relations with a classmate. These stories were gathered along with five others into a 1956 volume, A Thirsty Evil, and for decades were thought to comprise Vidal’s complete short fiction.
 

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Gore Vidal is the author of twenty-two novels, five screenplays, more than two hundred essays, and a memoir. Winner of the National Book Award for United Sates: essays 1952-92, Vidal lives in Los Angeles.
 
Published August 10, 2006 by Da Capo Press. 160 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The longest story, “Pages from an Abandoned Journal,” chronicles the narrator’s fashionable travels among pockets of gay friends in Europe and his strange, unsettling acquaintance with legendary “courtesan” Elliott Magren in Paris.

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Discretion kept this story from Vidal's 1956 collection A Thirsty Evil , but it's clearly continuous with the seven others, many of which also contain homoerotic elements and a tone of tart disillusion: in "Three Stratagems," a suave young man suffers an epileptic seizure before he can sell his b...

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