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United States: Essays 1952-1992


"America's finest essayist" (The New Statesman) has gathered over 100 of his best essays into one indispensable volume, composed of three parts--"State of the Art", "State of the Nation", and "State of Being"--to present an acerbic, stylish, and constantly surprising commentary on politics, culture, and literature. Hide synopsis

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by nevermind on Aug 22, 2013

Vidal was not a great novelist-- his best book was the superb but uncharacteristic historical novel, "Julian," about the 4th century emperor, and most of the rest of his novels were superficial or tedious, or both. But he vies with Updike (also overrated as a novelist) as our most distinguished man of letters. These essays make that point very well.

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