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United States : Essays 1952-1992 - Gore Vidal

United States

Essays 1952-1992

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Published: 22nd September 1994
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Gore Vidal's reputation as 'America's finest essayist' is an enduring one. This collection, chosen by the author from 40 years of work, contains about two-thirds of what he published in various magazines and journals. He has divided the essays into three categories, or states. State of the art covers literature, including novelists and critics, bestsellers, pieces on Henry James, Oscar Wilde, Suetonius, Nabakov and Montaigne (a previosly uncollected essay from 1992). State of the union deals with politics and public life: sex, drugs, money, Abraham Lincoln, Eleanor Roosevelt, 'The Holy Family' (his essay on the Kennedys), Nixon, and finally 'Monotheism and its Discontents', a scathing critique of Christianity, Judaism and Islam. In state of being, we are given personal responses to people and events: recollections of his childhood, E. Nesbit, Tarzan, Tennessee Williams and Anais Nin.

Magnificent...irresistable from beginning to end. - THE TIMES

All the Vidals are on display in this glittering showcase... Long may he continue to nip and bite at the flanks of the corrupt, the powerful, the moronic and the self-serving. - GUARDIAN

The arc and span of Vidal's erudition and intelligence are prodigious... for forty years it has been Vidal's vocation to restore a witty and classically literate sense of memory and historical continuity to a country he calls "Amnesia" - INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY

Vidal is the outstanding literary radical of America. - Melvyn Bragg

ISBN: 9780349105246
ISBN-10: 0349105243
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 1312
Published: 22nd September 1994
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 12.9  x 5.4
Weight (kg): 0.79
Edition Number: 1