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Empire of Self
Author: Axinn Professor of English Jay Parini

ISBN: 9780385537568
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: 13 October 2015
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 16.3 x 3.8
Description:
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 creme de la creme of Hollywood. Also a generous helping offeuds 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 autho...

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