This is a memoir of the first 40 years of Gore Vidal's life, ranging back and forth across a rich history. He spent his childhood in Washington DC, ...Show synopsisThis is a memoir of the first 40 years of Gore Vidal's life, ranging back and forth across a rich history. He spent his childhood in Washington DC, in the household of his grandfather, the blind senator from Oklahoma, T.P. Gore, and in the various domestic situations of his complicated and exasperating mother, Nina. Then come schooldays at St Albans and Exeter; the army; life as a literary wunderkind in New York, London, Rome and Paris in the '40s and '50s; sex in an age of promiscuity; and a campaign for Congress in 1960. His cast includes Tennessee Williams, the Kennedys, Eleanor Roosevelt, Truman Capote, Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, Christopher Isherwood, Jack Kerouac, Jane and Paul Bowles, Santayana, Anais Nin, Norman Mailer, Leonard Bernstein and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, among others.Hide synopsis
Description:Very good. Light wear to edges and pages. Cover and spine show...Very good. Light wear to edges and pages. Cover and spine show no easily noticeable damage. A tradition of southern quality and service. All books guaranteed at the Atlanta Book Company.
Description:Very Good. Very good hardcover with DJ. Pages are clean and...Very Good. Very good hardcover with DJ. Pages are clean and unmarked. Covers show very minor shelf wear. Binding is tight, hinges strong. Dust jacket shows light edge wear.; 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed! Ships same or next business day!
Description:Good. Book shows minor use. Cover and Binding have minimal wear...Good. Book shows minor use. Cover and Binding have minimal wear, and the pages have only minimal creases. Free State Books. Never settle for less.
Description:Good. Light shelving wear with minimal damage to cover and...Good. Light shelving wear with minimal damage to cover and bindings. Pages show minor use. Help save a tree. Buy all your used books from Thriftbooks. Read. Recycle and Reuse.
Description:Good. This book has a light amount of wear to the pages, cover...Good. This book has a light amount of wear to the pages, cover and binding. Blue Cloud Books-Hot deals from the land of the sun.
Gore Vidal can write well. This, obviously, is the only reason to read a book. But in addition to being a fine writer, this is a man who: grew up with a blind grandfather United States senator, had close friends like Tennessee Williams, Paul Bowles and Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman. He has so many interesting anecdotes and stories about Hollywood and writers from that era and I strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in those times (40s after the war, 50s, 60s).
Few are the prominent people of the post war period not to have been associated with Gore Vidal, and his polished, lively prose makes this memoir all the more enjoyable. A perfect companion to his first volume of collected essays ("United States"), also highly recommended.
Vidal's bittersweet memoir is a mesmerizing trip through his first 40
years of his life(so ok, 39). Vidal's incredible life has seen him as a
player in chic literary circles, on Broadway, in Hollywood, as a
political figure in Washington, and, seemingly, anywhere anything
interesting was happening between WW II and Kennedy's assassination.
Vidal is funny--oh so funny--in his tales of his "jet set" (a term he
hates) life, but he's also poignant in sharing his memories of many
great figures. The book, written when Vidal was approaching 70, caps
(although he's still writing) an incredible literary career that has
included novels, short fiction, plays, screen plays, essays, and
criticism, dating back to the late 1940s.
What lies beneath the biting and often hilarious stories of
celebrities, however, is a very serious and personal sea change, the
story of how Vidal moved from being a privileged conservative to the
apex of political liberalism. His scathing political commentaries have
been among the best insider's views of just how the American political
system works (or doesn't) in the last several decades. His story of the
phony "Camelot" mystique of the Kennedy years is a bitter pill to
digest, but one never doubts Vidal's veracity.
Vidal balances personal family stories of his famous grandfather, his
parents, his step-siblings (which included Jackie Kennedy), with his
high-flying literary life and finally his failed political dream. The
cast (seemingly of thousands) is a veritable who's who of post-war
culture. It's hard to think of anyone Gore Vidal has not known. The man
has had an incredible life.
As I write this review, I cannot think of a man I admire more. The man
is a genius.
Copyright in bibliographic data and cover images is held by Nielsen Book Services Limited, Baker & Taylor, Inc., or by their respective licensors, or by the publishers, or by their respective licensors. For personal use only. All rights reserved. All rights in images of books or other publications are reserved by the original copyright holders.
You're signed up (and we ♥ you). Watch for our Welcome e-mail and your first coupon. Thanks!