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Gore Vidal: a Biography

by Kaplan, Fred

  • ISBN: 9780385477031
  • ISBN10: 0385477031

Gore Vidal: a Biography

by Kaplan, Fred

  • List Price: $35.00
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Doubleday Books
  • Publish date: 02/01/2005
  • ISBN: 9780385477031
  • ISBN10: 0385477031
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Description: Novelist, culture critic, essayist, historian, comic satirist, image maker, actor, homosexual, bisexual...controversial, confrontational, unflinching, cynical, idealistic...finding words to describe Gore Vidal is never difficult. And yet, an accurate picture of this multifaceted chameleon has eluded America until now. Here, at last, is a vastly entertaining biography of an American literary icon.

From his Washington childhood, with its high political and social connections, to his Exeter education and U.S. Army experiences; from his Hollywood and television career and friendships to his literary life as a novelist, playwright, and essayist; from his friendships and feuds with Tennessee Williams, Anais Nin, Truman Capote, and William Buckley to his exploration of homosexuality and celebration of bisexuality; from his cool satirical analyses of "the rich, the famous, and the powerful" to his projection of himself onto the national stage of television talk shows and political ambition, Gore Vidal has been both participant in and spectator at the centers of American power. Written with complete access to Vidal's papers, diaries, and private photographs, as well as newsreel and television footage, supplemented by interviews with Vidal -- and guaranteed a free hand with no interference by Vidal himself -- Fred Kaplan's "Gore Vidal" illuminates this literary giant with accuracy, insight, and wit.

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