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Gore Vidal: Snapshots in History's Glare

Gore Vidal: Snapshots in History's Glare

by Gore Vidal
     
 

This book is Gore Vidal's visual memoir of his remarkable and famously well-lived life. In this collection of photographs, letters, manuscripts, and other selections from Vidal's vast personal archives, readers are now escorted by one of America's wittiest insiders into the Kennedys' Camelot, as well as onto the set of Ben Hur, and into the private lives of

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This book is Gore Vidal's visual memoir of his remarkable and famously well-lived life. In this collection of photographs, letters, manuscripts, and other selections from Vidal's vast personal archives, readers are now escorted by one of America's wittiest insiders into the Kennedys' Camelot, as well as onto the set of Ben Hur, and into the private lives of Eleanor Roosevelt, Paul Newman, and Tennessee Williams, to name just a few.

Born into public life, here Vidal looks back on his days as an Army officer in WWII, his rise as a groundbreaking and controversial novelist, his years in Hollywood, his forays into the political arena, and his notoriously public triumphs and feuds. Written with Vidal's legendary wit and literary elegance, this book reveals not only the personal reflections of one of the last of the great generation of American writers, but also a captivating social history of the 20th century told by one of our great raconteurs.

Editorial Reviews

Gore Vidal has lived his life in full luster. He grew up in a prominent family: born in the West Point hospital, named after his maternal grandfather, a prominent U.S. senator. His father was an All-American quarterback, an Olympian, a pilot, and the founder of three airlines, and was said to be great love of Amelia Earhart's life. His mother was a Broadway actress and socialite; she later married the man who would become the stepfather of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy and is reputed to have had a long affair with Clark Gable. Moving in such arenas of prominence, this young scion reinforced his own identity writing screenplays, novels, and essays. In this visual memoir, Vidal unspools snapshots of his eventful, controversial, varied life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810950498
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
10/01/2009
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
8.88(w) x 11.12(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
13 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Gore Vidal is the author of 25 novels, well over 200 essays, six plays, and not-even-he-knows how many television and movie scripts. He lives in California.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
La Rondinaia, a villa in Ravello, Italy; and Los Angeles, California
Date of Birth:
October 3, 1925
Place of Birth:
West Point, New York
Education:
Attended St. Albans. Graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy, 1943. No college.

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