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Gore Vidal: A Portrait of an American Original [Kindle Edition]

James Edmonds
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Throughout his long life, Gore Vidal waged a one-man campaign against hypocrisy and injustice – skewering the powerful, defending the old Republic, and stretching our notions of sex, religion and politics. Vidal’s death this year brought a wave of tributes. In the big media, one could detect a palpable sense of relief: the old nag had finally crossed the shining river. But that could have been expected. It was more disheartening to see his legacy reduced to twitterings of his pithy, caustic quotes. Vidal had often bemoaned the focus on writers’ personalities, rather than on their work. In death it was no different: throwaway puff pieces filled with typically American obsessions: the many famous people he had known, his bisexuality, his feuds. They were quite thin on the work, but that was nothing new. This book is an attempt to restore the balance.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 172 KB
  • Print Length: 73 pages
  • Publisher: James Edmonds; 2 edition (4 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009LU7FPI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #290,329 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Because the author tells the true history of the USA which very few Americans learn about, unaware of the obscene ideology they are taught to live by.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gore Vidal 3 Feb. 2013
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I thought I knew all there was to know about Gore Vidal. This book proved me wrong. An excellent summing up
of his life and work. Well written, informative, and enjoyable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book on vidal 7 Feb. 2013
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I wanted to read something different. Gore Vidal was a fascinating person and the authors research impeccable. I look forward to many more books from Mr. Edmonds
. Great book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating 3 Feb. 2013
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This is much more than a biographical essay, it is an analysis of the man behind the myth. Vidal has always fascinated me--I have read nearly all of his essays and most of his novels. This portrait paints the picture of the maqn behind the words. A great accomplishment!
2.0 out of 5 stars Good as a reference 14 Jan. 2013
By Billy - Published on
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The facts are there. If you are doing a research paper on Gore Vidal, this would be a good reference but as eccentric and brilliant as Gore Vidal was, I don't think this book really captured that.
5.0 out of 5 stars A portrait of arare man 13 Nov. 2012
By Graeme - Published on
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Came to this book not knowing much at all about Gore Vidal, except for Myra Breckinridge of course, and left admiring the man for his genius in capturing the vbve of the latter 20th century so well. I'll now go and read some of his works including Julian and Burr,plus the essays.
5.0 out of 5 stars Gore Vidal Surmised..... 14 Aug. 2014
By Pope - Published on
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Concise historical achievements, conflicts, fights and inner political conscience and hard core beliefs engulfing the life of the last great men of letters of the 20th and 21st century Mr. Eugene Luther GORE VIDAL.
Get a glimpse of most of the famous and infamous celebrities The Gore Salon.
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