Gore Vidal's State of the Union: Nation Essays 1958-2005

Gore Vidal's State of the Union: Nation Essays 1958-2005

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The essays collected here all appeared in The Nation magazine between 1958 and 2005. The early literary ones reflected Vidal�s status as a rising young novelist of the postwar generation, and as he expanded confidently into nonfiction, his essays range widely over politics, religion, society, manners and morals. We see him emerge as the pre-eminent essayist of his generation, winning a 1993 Nation Book Award for a collection of nonfiction works.

Vidal�s Nation years�his Golden Age at the magazine�really commenced in 1981 when Victor Navasky invited him to become a contributing editor. Gore�s first contribution, �Some Jews and the Gays,� would be his most explosive one. This collection exemplifies his critical vision in great works like �Requiem for the American Empire,� �Monotheism and Its Discontents,� �Notes on Our Patriarchal State,� and the delightful �Birds and the Bees� with its Monica�Lewinsky era sequel, �The Birds and the Bees and Clinton.�

Prepare to have your preconceptions challenged. Prepare also to smile or laugh out loud.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016720630
Publisher: The Nation Magazine
Publication date: 04/10/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 984,059
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Gore Vidal (1925-2012) was an American writer and public intellectual. Born into a political dynasty, he twice sought elected office. He began his literary career in 1946 with the publication of his novel Williwaw but did not achieve notoriety until he published his third book The City and The Pillar which cause a minor scandal for its depiction of homosexuality. Though he was a rather prolific writer he is best known for his works of historical fiction including Julian, Myra Breckinridge, Burr, and Lincoln. His feuds with other authors particularly Norman Mailer were well documented. He was preceded in death by his partner of 53 years Howard Austen in 2003.


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.

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