The Selected Essays of Gore Vidal by Gore Vidal & Jay Parini

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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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About Gore Vidal & Jay Parini

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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 June 17, 2008 by Vintage. 482 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Compiled and introduced by Parini (The Last Station ), Vidal's literary executor, the pieces range across Vidal's far-flung areas of expertise, resting most frequently and contentiously on literature and presidential politics of the past and present.

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Austin Chronicle

Often offering his observations and remembrances under the guise of a book review, Gore Vidal's essays are marshaled into two halves – literary and political – in this streamlined, eminently readable volume.

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Vidal set brushfires around French theorists like Roland Barthes and challenged what he liked to call the “hacks of academe.” In the '70s, during the heyday of what is lazily called postmodern fiction, Vidal wrote a lengthy survey of the writers then most in vogue: Donald Barthelme, Thomas Pyncho...

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