Search Results: "Gore Vidal"


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GORE VIDAL by Fred Kaplan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"A rich chronicle of a celebrated career not yet in past tense. (50 b&w photos, not seen)"
Although Kaplan has declared, "I prefer my subjects dead," such as Dickens (1988) and Henry James (1992), he more than rises to the task in this lively biography of the prolific, controversial author. Read full book review >

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THE ESSENTIAL GORE VIDAL by Gore Vidal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 8, 1999

"Essential work, indeed, and a good deal more fun to read than the work of many other highly esteemed writers who take themselves much more seriously."
It must seem no less galling than appropriate to Norman Mailer that not even a year after the appearance of his own bulky retrospective volume (The Time of Our Time) there arrives this bracing sampler of his formidable old enemy's variegated prose wares: on display—in judiciously mixed proportions—are the complete texts of Vidal's once notorious novel Myra Breckenridge (a then-timely jeu to which the years haven't been kind) and his outrageously savvy JFK-inspired play (The Best Man); choice excerpts from the loosely related fictional revisions of American history that began with Burr and extend (thus far) to Washington, D.C., and middling ones from other novels varying in quality from apprentice-like (The City and the Pillar) to dizzyingly inventive (Duluth) and urbane (Julian). Read full book review >

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THE COLLECTED ESSAYS OF GORE VIDAL by Gore Vidal
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 17, 2008

"Nearly six decades' worth of eloquent bile, dispensed with unmatched craft and wit."
A splendid, savvy distillation of the best from the veteran novelist and essayist. Read full book review >

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GORE by Bob Zelnick
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 1999

"A hatchet job that would elicit a smile of admiration from Lizzie Borden."
Forced to leave ABC News in 1998 because he was working on this tendentious book, Zelnick (Backfire: A Reporter's Look at Affirmative Action, 1996) hacks away at Vice President Albert Gore Jr. Read full book review >

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VIDAL by Vidal Sassoon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 2011

"A well-rounded, enterprising life's journey, expressed with grace and humility."
A richly nuanced blend of memoir and personal opinion by a name synonymous with hairstyling. Read full book review >

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POINT TO POINT NAVIGATION by Gore Vidal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2006

"Though Vidal's memories from encounters in DC, New York, Hollywood and elsewhere remain intact, the wit that animates the best of his oeuvre is largely absent, leaving a voice at best affecting and at worst hectoring."
In this successor to the first volume of his memoir, Palimpsest (1995), prolific novelist/essayist/gadfly Vidal mixes mournful minor keys among his usual trumpet blasts against what he regards as an American emporium run by oil men and religious fanatics. Read full book review >

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CREATION by Gore Vidal
Released: March 26, 1981

"Lots of jauntily fictionalized fact, legend, geography, and exotic cultural sociology, then—but only those with a great knowledge of (or appetite for) this theo-historical territory will want to ride along the whole length of Cyrus' journey."
What, if anything, is Gore Vidal up to in this long, stylish, densely busy but totally undramatic novel of the Persian Empire, circa 520-445 B.C.? Read full book review >

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DREAMING WAR by Gore Vidal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2003

"A pleasure for those convinced of the present ruling elite's deep-seated flaws and deeper evils, and tasty food for thought even for the doubtful."
Another deliciously ill-tempered screed from veteran gadfly Vidal (Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace, p. 398, etc.), perhaps our fiercest homegrown critic of American imperialism in general and the current administration in particular. Read full book review >

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THE GOLDEN AGE by Gore Vidal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2000

"A beguiling conclusion to an invaluable extended work. If Vidal's novels were used as texts, we'd all be American History majors."
Though its narrative temperature remains dangerously low, entertainment value is dependably high in this seventh and last of Vidal's delectable Novels of Empire. Read full book review >

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CLOUDS AND ECLIPSES by Gore Vidal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2006

"While occasionally truncated, these stories showcase Vidal's stylistic authority."
Eight elegantly styled but listless stories of gay life from the late 1940s to the mid-'50s. Read full book review >

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IMPERIAL AMERICA by Gore Vidal
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2004

"Vitriolic, bilious, venomous, and a lot of fun. Until, that is, you realize Vidal's not kidding."
America's favorite contrarian waxes wroth and righteous blustery in this gathering of new and recycled aperçus concerning elections past and present. Read full book review >