Palimpsest by Gore Vidal
A Memoir

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Published to celebrate his 70th birthday, the memoirs of the American writer, from his childhood as the grandson of a blind southern senator, through to the establishment of his literary career in 1964.

About Gore Vidal

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Gore Vidal was born Eugene Luther Vidal in 1925, later adopting the surname of his grandfather, Senator Thomas Gore, as his first name. He is the author of numerous novels-the first, Williwaw, written when he was twenty-one-as well as scripts for film, television and the stage, including the extremely successful The Best Man and Visit to a Small Planet. He is perhaps best known for his historical novels, including Burr (1973), 1876 (1976), and Lincoln (1984). He won the National Book Award in 1993 for his book of essays, United States (1952-1992).
Published November 11, 1997 by Random House Value Publishing. 448 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Vidal's account of his first 39 years includes his reminiscences of a host of prominent political and cultural figures.

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While Vidal notes that he was not shocked by JFK's promiscuity, the Camelot years fascinate him sufficiently to bring out some sharp-eyed reporting.

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London Review of Books

The chief enchantment of this book has not to do with the celebrated dust-ups between himself and Mailer, himself and Capote, himself and Tennessee Williams, or himself and William Buckley.

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