Last Empire Essays, 1992-2000

ISBN-10: 037572639X
ISBN-13: 9780375726392
Edition: 2002
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Book details

List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 6/11/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Gore Vidal was born Eugene Luther Gore Vidal Jr. on October 3, 1925 at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York. He did not go to college but attended St. Albans School in Washington and graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire in 1943. He enlisted in the Army, where he became first mate on a freight supply ship in the Aleutian Islands. His first novel, Williwaw, was published in 1946 when he was twenty-one years old and working as an associate editor at the publishing company E. P. Dutton. The City and the Pillar was about a handsome, athletic young Virginia man who gradually discovers that he is homosexual, which caused controversy in the publishing world. The New York Times refused to advertise the novel and gave a negative review of it and future novels. He had such trouble getting subsequent novels reviewed that he turned to writing mysteries under the pseudonym Edgar Box and then gave up novel-writing altogether for a time. Once he moved to Hollywood, he wrote television dramas, screenplays, and plays. His films included I Accuse, Suddenly Last Summer with Tennessee Williams, Is Paris Burning? with Francis Ford Coppola, and Ben-Hur. His most successful play was The Best Man, which he also adapted into a film. He started writing novels again in the 1960's including Julian, Washington, D.C., Myra Breckenridge, Burr, Myron, 1876, Lincoln, Hollywood, Live From Golgotha: The Gospel According to Gore Vidal, and The Golden Age. He also published two collections of essays entitled The Second American Revolution, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism in 1982 and United States: Essays 1952-1992. In 2009, he received the National Book Awards lifetime achievement award. He died from complications of pneumonia on July 31, 2012 at the age of 86.

Edmund Wilson: Nineteenth-Century Man
Dawn Powell: Queen of the Golden Age
Lost New York
The Romance of Sinclair Lewis
Twain on the Grand Tour
Reply to a Critic
Twain's Letters
Rabbit's Own Burrow
A Note on The City and the Pillar and Thomas Mann
Anthony Burgess
Pride
Lindbergh: The Eagle Is Grounded
Sinatra
C. P. Cavafy
George
Amistad
FDR: Love on the Hudson
Wiretapping the Oval Office
Clare Boothe Luce
Truman
Hersh's JFK
Nixon R.I.P
Clinton-Gore I
Bedfellows Make Strange Politics
Clinton-Gore II
Honorable Albert A. Gore, Junior
Kopkind
Bad History
Blair
How We Missed the Saturday Dance
The Last Empire
In the Lair of the Octopus
With Extreme Prejudice
Time for a People's Convention
The Union of the State
Mickey Mouse, Historian
U.S. out of UN - UN out of U.S
Race Against Time
Chaos
Shredding the Bill of Rights
The New Theocrats
Coup de Starr
Starr Conspiracy
Birds and Bees and Clinton
A Letter to Be Delivered
Democratic Vistas
Three Lies to Rule By
Japanese Intentions in the Second World War

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