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Clouds and eclipses : the collected short stories

Author: Gore Vidal
Publisher: New York : Carroll & Graf Publishers ; [Berkeley, Calif.] : Distributed by Publishers Group West, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Celebrated for more than fifty years as a world-renowned novelist, essayist, and political figure and commentator, Gore Vidal is less known for the exquisitely crafted short fiction he wrote as a young man. Like the work of Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams, his stories have been overshadowed by the author's triumphs writing in other genres. Still, Vidal's short fiction offers us a portrait of the young artist  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Short stories
Fiction
Named Person: Tennessee Williams
Material Type: Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Gore Vidal
ISBN: 9780786718108 0786718102
OCLC Number: 70709173
Description: x, 166 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Three Stratagems --
The Robin --
A Moment of Green Laural --
The Zenner Trophy --
Erlinda and Mr. Coffin --
Pages from an Abandoned Journal --
The Ladies in the Library --
Clouds and Eclipses.
Other Titles: Collected short stories
Responsibility: Gore Vidal.
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"Celebrated for more than fifty years as a world-renowned novelist, essayist, and political figure and commentator, Gore Vidal is less known for the exquisitely crafted short fiction he wrote as a young man. Like the work of Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams, his stories have been overshadowed by the author's triumphs writing in other genres. Still, Vidal's short fiction offers us a portrait of the young artist in the 1940s and 1950s. His subtle and comic tales often center on adolescence and homosexual themes. In Three Stratagems, a middle-aged gay man encounters a male prostitute while vacationing in Key West. In The Zenner Trophy, the star athlete at an elite boys school is expelled for sexual relations with a classmate. These stories were gathered along with five others into a 1956 volume, A Thirsty Evil, and for decades were thought to comprise Vidal's complete short fiction."--Publisher website (August 2006).

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