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									Gore VidalGore Vidal
Unafraid to point fingers and assassinate characters, Gore Vidal has always been provocative, if not universally liked. A prolific essayist and acclaimed author of historical novels such as 1984's Lincoln, his talent for positioning history within a modern context is one thing about Vidal that remains undisputed.

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Gore Vidal
Also Known As:
Edgar Box (mysteries), Eugene Luther Gore Vidal (full name)
Current Home:
La Rondinaia, a villa in Ravello, Italy; and Los Angeles, California
Date of Birth:
October 3, 1925
Place of Birth:
West Point, New York
Attended St. Albans. Graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy, 1943. No college.
National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism, The Second American Revolution and Other Essays, 1982; National Book Award for nonfiction, United States: Essays 1952-1992, 1993

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The American Chronicle Novels

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								Creation, Author: 
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by Gore Vidal, Foreword by Anthony Burgess
Set in the fifth-century B.C., Vidal's epic features the hero Cyrus Spitama, who travels from India to Cathay to Athens in a philosophical tour seeking the answers to life's fundamental question. This new edition features additional background on some of the book's figures, and an expanded description of the Battle of Sardis.

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								The Golden Age, Author: 
								Gore Vidal.
*  Washington, D.C. (1967)
*  Burr (1973)
*  1876 (1976)
*  Lincoln (1984)
*  Empire (1987)
*  Hollywood (1989)
*  The Golden Age (2000)

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Controversial Thoughts

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								Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace, Author: 
								Gore Vidal.

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Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace
by Gore Vidal
In a response to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that is sure to raise eyebrows (not to mention blood pressure), Vidal raises the little-asked question, "Did we get a taste of our own medicine?" Whether he is writing about politics, literature, personalities, or all three, he is always provocative and pointed.

*  The Last Empire: Essays 1992-2000   by Gore Vidal
*  United States: Essays, 1952-1992   by Gore Vidal

*  Vidal discusses Perpetual War, terrorism, and President Bush

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A Life with a Glittering Supporting Cast

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								Lincoln, Author: 
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by Gore Vidal
"The familiar figures and stock scenes when we encounter them here are fresh, new, and utterly absorbing," said The Library Journal of Vidal's 1984 opus, Lincoln. "Vidal has made a century and a half seem but a heartbeat from today."

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								Palimpsest: A Memoir, Author: 
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Palimpsest: A Memoir
by Gore Vidal
Vidal had associations with a wide sampling of America's rich and famous, including Jack Kerouac, John and Jackie Kennedy, Tennessee Williams, and many others. He addresses them all and pulls no punches in this entertaining account of his first 40 years.

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