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Empire of Self

(2015)
A Life of Gore Vidal
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An intimate, authorized yet totally frank biography of Gore Vidal (1925 - 2012), one of the most accomplished, visible, and controversial American novelists and cultural figures of the past century

The product of thirty years of friendship and conversation, Jay Parini's Empire of Self digs behind the glittering surface of Gore Vidal's colorful career to reveal the complex emotional and sexual truths underlying his celebrity-strewn life. But there is plenty of glittering surface as well - a virtual Who's Who of the twentieth century, from Eleanor Roosevelt and Amelia Earhart through the Kennedys, Johnny Carson, Leonard Bernstein, and the creme de la creme of Hollywood. Also a generous helping of feuds with the likes of William F. Buckley, Norman Mailer, Truman Capote, and TheNew York Times, among other adversaries.
The life of Gore Vidal teemed with notable incidents, famous people, and lasting achievements that call out for careful evocation and examination. Jay Parini crafts Vidal's life into an accessible, entertaining story that puts the experience of one of the great American figures of the postwar era into context, introduces the author and his works to a generation who may not know him, and looks behind the scenes at the man and his work in ways never possible before his death. Provided with unique access to Vidal's life and his papers, Parini excavates many buried skeletons yet never loses sight of his deep respect for Vidal and his astounding gifts. This is the biography Gore Vidal - novelist, essayist, dramatist, screenwriter, historian, wit, provocateur, and pioneer of gay rights - has long needed.



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October 2015 : USA Hardback
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Title: Empire of Self: A Life of Gore Vidal
Author(s): Jay Parini
ISBN: 0-385-53756-5 / 978-0-385-53756-8 (USA edition)
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September 2016 : USA Paperback
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Title: Empire of Self: A Life of Gore Vidal
Author(s): Jay Parini
ISBN: 0-345-80583-6 / 978-0-345-80583-6 (USA edition)
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August 2018 : MP3 CD
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Title: Empire of Self
Author(s): Jay Parini
ISBN: 1-72132-900-5 / 978-1-72132-900-7
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October 2015 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Empire of Self Lib/E: A Life of Gore Vidal
Author(s): Axinn Professor of English Jay Parini
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October 2015 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Empire of Self: A Life of Gore Vidal
Author(s): Jay Parini
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Title: Empire of Self: A Life of Gore Vidal
Author(s): Jay Parini
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Title: Empire of Self: A Life of Gore Vidal
Author(s): Jay Parini
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