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Gore Vidal : writer against the grain

Author: Jay Parini
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©1992.
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Gore Vidal, known for such best-sellers as The City and the Pillar, Burr, Lincoln, and Myra Breckenridge, is a household name. The controversial Vidal ran for Congress in 1960, and set sparks flying with his public debates challenging William F. Buckley and Norman Mailer. Although one of America's most admired and prolific writers, Vidal has been steadfastly ignored or impugned by many critics. This is partly owing  Read more...
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Named Person: Gore Vidal
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jay Parini
ISBN: 0231072082 9780231072083 0231072090 9780231072090
OCLC Number: 25009405
Description: viii, 321 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Gore Vidal : the writer and his critics / Jay Parini --
Imagining Vidal / Italo Calvino --
Williwaw : Gore Vidal's first novel / David Price --
The city and the pillar as gay fiction / Claude J. Summers --
Gore Vidal : the entertainer / Bernard F. Dick --
The Vidalian manner : The judgment of Paris, Two sisters, Kalki / Robert F. Kiernan --
A note on Vidal's Messiah / Alan Cheuse --
The fiction of history in Gore Vidal's Messiah / Heather Neilson --
Vidal as playwright : in gentlest heresy / Ray Lewis White --
Vidal's satiric voices / William H. Pritchard --
Living appropriately : Vidal and the essay / Samuel F. Pickering --
On Gore Vidal : wit and the work of criticism / Robert Boyers --
Vidal as essayist : the man who has everything / Thomas M. Disch --
Gore Vidal : private eye / Stephen Spender --
My o my o Myra / Catharine R. Stimpson --
The Romanitas of Gore Vidal / James Tatum --
The central man : on Gore Vidal's Lincoln / Harold Bloom --
Vidal's Empire / Richard Poirier --
Babylon revisited / Louis Auchincloss. (cont.) America and the Vidal chronicles / Donald E. Pease --
An interview with Gore Vidal / Jay Parini.
Responsibility: edited by Jay Parini.
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Gore Vidal, known for such best-sellers as The City and the Pillar, Burr, Lincoln, and Myra Breckenridge, is a household name. The controversial Vidal ran for Congress in 1960, and set sparks flying with his public debates challenging William F. Buckley and Norman Mailer. Although one of America's most admired and prolific writers, Vidal has been steadfastly ignored or impugned by many critics. This is partly owing to the vast scope of his writings, which include more than twenty novels, half a dozen plays, dozens of screenplays, countless essays and book reviews, political commentary, and short stories; how do the critics approach such a writer? There has also been backlash against Vidal, whose radical polemics and undisguised contempt for those whom he has called "the hacks and hicks of academe" have hardly endeared him to the critical establishment. Gore Vidal: Writer Against the Grain is the first collection of critical essays to approach this important American writer in an attempt to rectify the unwarranted underestimation of his work. Jay Parini has drawn from the best of previously published criticism and commissioned fresh articles by leading contemporary critics to construct a comprehensive portrait of Vidal's multifaceted and memorable career. Writers as diverse as Harold Bloom, Stephen Spender, Catharine R. Stimpson, Richard Poirier, and Italo Calvino examine Vidal's work in their own highly individual ways, and each finds a different Vidal to celebrate, chide, recollect, or view close up. Also included is a recent interview with Parini in which Vidal discusses his career and his troubled relationship with the reviewers. The Vidal that finally emerges from these essays is a writer of undeniable weight and importance. As readers will agree, Gore Vidal: Writer Against the Grain establishes his rightful role as one of the premier novelists and leading critical observers of this century.

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