Time alone gives definition.
Jay Parini Reviews "In essays written over a period of forty years, Gore Vidal has shown himself to be a masterly, learned, and percipient observer of an unparalleled range of subjects.
Essays, assesses such diverse matters as modern French fiction, the Kennedys, underappreciated writers like Thomas Love Peacock, and the American attitude toward sex. Whatever his subject, he addresses it with an artist's resonant appreciation, a scholar's conscience, and the persuasive powers of a great essayist.
He is a treasure of the state. Lewis,New York Times Book Review "Gore Vidal is the master essayist of our age, and we should thank the gods that we still have him to kick us around.
Long may he flourish. Provocateur, scholar, historian, novelist, scoundrel, whatever you want to call Gore Vidal, make sure you include 'national treasure'. That alone makes him required reading. I think it can now be seen that he is among the most substantial.
There is often room to disagree with Vidal. But there is no room at all for denying that he is a superlative essayist, whose elegant concision is a gage thrown down to everyone else in the field.THE COLLECTED ESSAYS OF GORE VIDAL User Review - Kirkus.
A splendid, savvy distillation of the best from the veteran novelist and schwenkreis.com lively volume's raison d'etre is the inclusion of recent politically charged commentary, but most readers will 4/5(3).
Gore Vidal--novelist, playwright, critic, screenwriter, memoirist, indefatigable political commentator, and controversialist--is America's premier man of letters.
Early life. Eugene Louis Vidal was born in the cadet hospital of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, the only child of Eugene Luther Vidal (–) and Nina S.
Gore (–). Vidal was born there because his first lieutenant father was the first aeronautics instructor of the military academy.
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Jul 31, · June 18, At 82, Gore Vidal is America's most formidable man of letters. The page of previously published work included in the front matter of this latest volume -- "The Selected Essays of Gore Vidal" -- lists 24 novels, a nonfiction book, two collections of short stories, six plays, 11 volumes of essays and two memoirs.
A new collection of Gore Vidal's essays showcases five decades of literary and political criticism, with his mocking, disenchanted patriotism in all its eloquence.