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Selected Essays

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780349120454

Price: £16.99

ON SALE: 6th December 2007

Genre: Literature & Literary Studies / Prose: Non-fiction

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Vidal has a fierce, uncontaminated sense of what’s right and wrong, and he expresses his most intimate opinions fearlessly’ John Simpson, Daily Mail

This new selection brings together the best of Gore Vidal’s essays, comment and criticism from his fifty-year writing career. With mercurial intelligence and often courageous – and outrageous! – forthrightness, Vidal explores his keystone subjects: primarily the worlds of literature and US politics; but also showbiz, sexuality and modern manners. His gaze ranges from the fiction of Calvino and Updike to the politics of pornography to the Clinton and Bush administrations, America post-September 11 and contemporary imperial ambitions. These essays are a witty and brilliant assessment of our times from the most memorable of American literary masters.

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** 'Vidal never writes a pedestrian sentence; whatever he's talking about, you're going to pick up something memorable, informative, outrageous, or sometimes all three at once. No bookself is civilised without this
GUARDIAN
** 'America's finest essayist at his most astringent
INDEPENDENT