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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, 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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780349108001
ISBN-10: 0349108005
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 130mm x 32mm)
Pages: 448
Imprint: Abacus
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 1-Aug-1996
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Reviews

UK Kirkus Review » Anyone interested in gossip - about literary figures (Faulkner, Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, the Sitwells), film people (Garbo, Brando, Charlton Heston), royalty or demi-royalty (Princess Margaret, the Queen, Princess Grace), American politicians (the Roosevelts) - will be fascinated by this book. Vidal himself is also a fascinating figure, excruciatingly frank - about his sexuality, for instance. A wonderful picture of American high life between 1945 and the mid-60s. (Kirkus UK)


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Author Biography - 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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