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Selected Essays

Gore Vidal

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Prose: non-fiction, Literary essays

A new, accessible selection of brilliant and essential reading from one of America's modern masters.

'Vidal has a fierce, uncontaminated sense of what's right and wrong, and he expresses his most intimate opinions fearlessly' - John Simpson, Daily Mail

This new selection brings together the best of Gore Vidal's essays, comment and criticism from his fifty-year writing career. With mercurial intelligence and often courageous - and outrageous! - forthrightness, Vidal explores his keystone subjects: primarily the worlds of literature and US politics; but also showbiz, sexuality and modern manners. His gaze ranges from the fiction of Calvino and Updike to the politics of pornography to the Clinton and Bush administrations, America post-September 11 and contemporary imperial ambitions.

These essays are a witty and brilliant assessment of our times from the most memorable of American literary masters.

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Praise for Selected Essays

  • ** 'Vidal never writes a pedestrian sentence; whatever he's talking about, you're going to pick up something memorable, informative, outrageous, or sometimes all three at once. No bookself is civilised without this - GUARDIAN

  • ** 'America's finest essayist at his most astringent - INDEPENDENT

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Gore Vidal

Gore Vidal was at the centre of literary and intellectual life for half a century and wrote 'The Narratives of a Golden Age' series as well as countless bestsellers. He died on 31st July 2012.

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