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Since the publication of his first novel in 1946, Gore Vidal has been one of America's most successful writers, as well as one of its most outspoken public figures. The author of more than twenty novels—including The City and the Pillar, Myra Breckinridge, Burr, and Lincoln—as well as several books of nonfiction, plays, and screenplays, Gore Vidal has been a leading man of American letters for more than half a century. As the first comprehensive bibliography of Gore Vidal in nearly thirty years, this volume ...
Since the publication of his first novel in 1946, Gore Vidal has been one of America's most successful writers, as well as one of its most outspoken public figures. The author of more than twenty novels—including The City and the Pillar, Myra Breckinridge, Burr, and Lincoln—as well as several books of nonfiction, plays, and screenplays, Gore Vidal has been a leading man of American letters for more than half a century. As the first comprehensive bibliography of Gore Vidal in nearly thirty years, this volume charts the entire range of Vidal's career, as well as the abundant amount of criticism and scholarship he has received. This exhaustive record covers the entire span of Vidal's sixty years of writing, from his first novel, Williwaw, in 1946, to his 2006 memoir Point to Point Navigation. Divided into three sections—works by Gore Vidal, Vidal in translation, and works about Vidal—the bibliography cites all of his books, contributions to books and periodicals, theatrical plays, television plays, screenplays, and adaptations of his work into various media (films, miniseries, recorded books, e-books, etc.). In addition, this volume chronicles the immense amount of criticism that Vidal has received, either in monographs, scholarly essays, newspaper coverage, book reviews, or elsewhere. Within these divisions there are numerous subdivisions, generally arranged thematically to cover the full scope and breadth of Vidal's work and of work about him. All items are annotated, placing Vidal and his work in context and assessing each work's significance. Designed to promote the study of this prolific author's life and work, Gore Vidal: A Comprehensive Bibliography will be of great benefit to students and scholars of American literature and politics.
As the title states, this is indeed a comprehensive bibliography, listing in one volume more than 1400 works by and about Gore Vidal. A seven-page introduction explores Vidal's life, ranging over his literary achievements, theatrical and motion-picture projects, and disagreements with political and literary figures. Part 1, "Gore Vidal's Works," compiles a list of the writer's novels, books of nonfiction, short stories, media adaptations (e.g., films, miniseries, recorded books, e-books), plays, poetry, and other works; the entries here are arranged by initial publication date, and most contain bibliographical information and a brief summary of the material. In Part 2, "Gore Vidal in Translation," entries are arranged first by material type, then alphabetically by language. Part 3, the chronologically arranged "Works About Vidal," contains a brief synopsis of such material as news items, interviews, criticisms of Vidal's work, and biographies. There is much cross-referencing throughout. Joshi, who has also written bibliographies of H.P. Lovecraft, Ramsey Campbell, and Ambrose Bierce, briefly mentions two other works: Robert J. Stanton's Gore Vidal: A Primary and Secondary Bibliography(G.K. Hall, 1978) and Loretta M. Gilliam's Gore Vidal(Bulletin of Bibliography, January/March 1973). While useful, the index is a little unusual, with page numbers replaced with Part numbers 1, 2, and 3 and referencing subsections. This could confuse casual researchers.
Part 1 Foreword Part 2 Introduction Part 3 Explanatory Notes Part 4 I. Works by Gore Vidal Chapter 5 A. Books and Pamphlets Chapter 6 B. Short Stories and Poems Chapter 7 C. Essays and Reviews Chapter 8 D. Plays Chapter 9 E. Screenplays Chapter 10 F. Published Letters Chapter 11 G. Manuscripts Chapter 12 H. Media Adaptations Chapter 13 I. Vidal in the Media Part 14 II. Gore Vidal in Translation Chapter 15 A. Books and Pamphlets Chapter 16 B. Contributions to Books and Pamphlets Part 17 III. Works about Gore Vidal Chapter 18 A. Bibliographies Chapter 19 B. News Items and Encyclopedias Chapter 20 C. Interviews Chapter 21 D. Books about Vidal Chapter 22 E. Criticism in Books and Periodicals Chapter 23 F. Book Reviews Chapter 24 G. Media Reviews Chapter 25 H. Websites Chapter 26 I. Academic Papers Chapter 27 J. Miscellany Part 28 Indexes Chapter 29 A. Names Chapter 30 B. Titles by Vidal Chapter 31 C. Periodicals Part 32 About the Author