Gore Vidal by Gore Vidal
Sexually Speaking: Collected Sex Writings 1960-1998

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Never before have the sex writings of Gore Vidal been collected in a single volume. These works offer some of the most provocative and reasoned insights into sex, gender, and sexual orientation ever composed by an American author. Gore Vidal: Sexually Speaking collects 13 essays and four interviews produced between 1961 and 1998. Topics include George Washington's homosexuality; Norman Mailer's feminism; bedding Jack Kerouac; the "sapphic tendencies" of Eleanor Roosevelt; turning tricks for Dr. Kinsey; Christopher Isherwood on the "heterosexual dictatorship"; cruising postwar Italy with Tennessee Williams; Henry Miller's sex drive; AIDS; monogamy; plus many more.
 

About Gore Vidal

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Gore Vidal is the author of many bestselling novels including Julian, Burr, Myra Breckinridge, and Lincoln. He lives in Italy.
 
Published May 24, 1999 by Cleis Press. 260 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The Telegraph

A new book of four interviews with Gore Vidal highlight his controversial views on Lincoln and Roosevelt - and include a witty tale of taking the mickey out of President Kennedy.

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London Review of Books

Vidal believed Hunt was trying to plant papers that would implicate the left in the assassination attempt: ‘The absence of any logical motive is now familiar to most Americans, who are quite at home with the batty killer who acts alone in order to be on television, to be forever entwined with the...

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The New Yorker

Like many ambitious gay male children born to alcoholic or self-dramatizing mothers—Edward Albee, Stephen Sondheim—Vidal’s own youthful romanticism was eviscerated by his perforce gimlet eye: he could not afford to trust.Like many ambitious gay male children born to alcoholic or self-dramatizing ...

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The New York Review of Books

Then she whispers, “I’ll tell you who I was thinking of if you’ll tell me who you were thinking of.” Like most sex jokes, the origins of this amiable exchange are obscure.

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The New York Review of Books

His many works include the memoirs Point to Point Navigation and Palimpsest, the novels The City and the Pillar, Myra Breckinridge, and Lincoln, and the collection United States: Essays 1952–1992.

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Los Angeles Review of Books

but every time I got going in the narrative I would find myself stopped cold by a set of made-up, predictable characters taken, not from life, but from the same novels all of us had read, and informed by a naïveté which was at its worst when Mailer w...

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Los Angeles Review of Books

He was also one of America's most astute literary critics, writing extensive, insightful essays on underappreciated writers ike William Dean Howells and Dawn Powell for the New York Review of Books.

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Los Angeles Review of Books

November 6th, 2012 reset - + GORE VIDAL IS OFTEN TOUTED, particularly for this slight collection of four interviews, as the best conversationalist since Oscar Wilde.

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but every time I got going in the narrative I would find myself stopped cold by a set of made-up, predictable characters taken, not from life, but from the same novels all of us had read, and informed by a naïveté which was at its worst when Mailer w...

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