Empire of Self

Empire of Self

A Life of Gore Vidal

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An intimate, authorized yet totally frank biography of Gore Vidal (1925–2012), one of the most accomplished, visible, and controversial American novelists and cultural figures of the past century 


The product of thirty years of friendship and conversation, Jay Parini’s Empire of Self digs behind the glittering surface of Gore Vidal’s colorful career to reveal the complex emotional and sexual truths underlying his celebrity-strewn life. But there is plenty of glittering surface as well—a virtual Who’s Who of the twentieth century, from Eleanor Roosevelt and Amelia Earhart through the Kennedys, Johnny Carson, Leonard Bernstein, and the crème de la crème of Hollywood. Also a generous helping of feuds with the likes of William F. Buckley, Norman Mailer, Truman Capote, and The New York Times, among other adversaries. 
     The life of Gore Vidal teemed with notable incidents, famous people, and lasting achievements that call out for careful evocation and examination. Jay Parini crafts Vidal’s life into an accessible, entertaining story that puts the experience of one of the great American figures of the postwar era into context, introduces the author and his works to a generation who may not know him, and looks behind the scenes at the man and his work in ways never possible before his death. Provided with unique access to Vidal’s life and his papers, Parini excavates many buried skeletons yet never loses sight of his deep respect for Vidal and his astounding gifts. This is the biography Gore Vidal—novelist, essayist, dramatist, screenwriter, historian, wit, provocateur, and pioneer of gay rights—has long needed.

Baker & Taylor
An authorized profile of the influential 20th-century American novelist and cultural figure explores the private psychological and sexual aspects of his character behind his celebrity while examining his relationships and the secrets that shaped his beliefs. 20,000 first printing.

Baker
& Taylor

An authorized profile of the influential twentieth-century American novelist and cultural figure explores the private psychological and sexual aspects of his character behind his celebrity while examining his relationships and the secrets that shaped hisbeliefs.

Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2015]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780385537568
0385537565
Branch Call Number: Biography V667p
Characteristics: 464 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations; 25 cm

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LEE M OLSEN
Dec 06, 2015

Any book about Vidal is sure to have some interest if one admires the writings of this lifelong critic of the US . This , however , is rather unexcitingly written, pedantic, even boring and prone to repetition (what happened to the editor/s? ). However Vidals's sex life is given some prominence which is new, especially his relationship with his partner Howard, who seems to have been an angel to have put up with Vidals's excesses.

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