The Essential Gore Vidal


The Essential Gore Vidal The Range And Size Of Gore Vidal S Literary Achievement Is Remarkable He Is A Master Of The Historical Novel, The Novel Of Ideas, Theatre, Satire And Science Fiction, And Is An Essayist Of Deserved Distinction He Is At Once A Contrarian, A Wise Man And A Romantic, Wickedly Funny, And Often Outrageous The Essential Gore Vidal Is Both A Place To Start Reading Vidal And A Place To Return For Refreshment It Contains Two Complete Long Works The Novel Myra Breckinridge And The Play The Best Man, Selections From His Other Fiction And Twenty Five Essays On Subjects From Philosophy To Politics To Sex About The Author Gore Vidal Is The Author Of Twenty Two Novels, Five Plays, Many Screenplays And Short Stories, Than Two Hundred Essays, And A Memoir Two Of His American Chronicle Novels, Lincoln And , Were The Subject Of Cover Stories In Time And Newsweek, Respectively In , A Collection Of His Criticism, United States Essays , Won The National Book Award He Divides His Time Between Ravello, Italy, And Los Angeles Fred Kaplan Teaches At Queens College And The Graduate Center Of CUNY He Is The Editor Of The Essential Gore Vidal And The Author Of The Biographies Henry James, Dickens, And Thomas Carlyle, Which Was Nominated For A National Book Critics Circle Award And The Pulitzer Prize Kaplan Lives In Brooklyn, New York

The Essential Gore Vidal

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  1. Michelle says:

    This is a wonderful book As expected in a collection of this sort, not everything was to my taste i.e Myra Breckinridge but the variety of quality writing ensured there were lots I did love It is divided into sections Early Fiction, Theater Writings, Inventions, Religion, Chronicles of American History and Essays From the outset I was impressed with the introduction by Fred Kaplan He provided excellent context for the uninitiated without giving the game away I enjoyed each piece in the This is a wonderful book As expected in a collection of this sort, not everything was to my taste i.e Myra Breckinridge but the variety of quality writing ensured there were lots I did love It is divided into sections Early Fiction, Theater Writings, Inventions, Religion, Chronicles of American History and Essays From the outset I was impressed with the...

  2. Samantha says:

    This is an excellent place to start with Vidal, and I ve never read something which was so divisive and ideologically challenging His views on gender, sex and psychology are profane, bitter and offensive yet argued lucidly and articulately, which makes it hard to rate this book with stars His writing is five star, his points of view are at times one star, so I ve split the difference and put it in the middle I didn t enjoy his Histories or Religions, but I loved the excerpts from his genera This is an excellent place to start with Vidal, and I ve never read something which was so divisive and ideologically challenging His views on ge...

  3. Aya Ammar says:

    I ve recently watched the excellent documentary Best of enemies , which basically revolves around the televised debates between Gore Vidal and William F Buckley, Jr as a part of ABC s coverage of the 1968 republican a...

  4. Cearúil Swords says:

    As an introduction to Gore Vidal I think this is a great place to start and allows you get a sense of the man s style, wordmanship and interests The book contains some of his fiction, letters and articles and so after reading you should know better what else of his would interest you I ac...

  5. Vinton Rafe says:

    If you haven t read Vidal, this is a good place to begin Myra Breckenridge is here, in all her glory, as well as bits and pieces of nearly everything else.

  6. David Delmar says:

    Vidal was a true light on American society His departure means one less witty writer, moral thinker, and student of history.

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