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Gore Vidal's America

Author: Dennis Altman
Publisher: Cambridge ; Malden, MA : Polity, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Gore Vidal is one of most significant American writers of the second half of the twentieth century, having produced a large number of best-selling novels, essays, plays and pamphlets which have impacted on major political and social debates for fifty years. He is a serious writer and also a television and movie celebrity, whose increasingly acerbic picture of the United States guarantees he is both revered and
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Altman, Dennis, 1943-
Gore Vidal's America.
Cambridge ; Malden, MA : Polity, 2005
(OCoLC)607727974
Named Person: Gore Vidal; Gore Vidal
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dennis Altman
ISBN: 0745633625 9780745633626 0745633633 9780745633633
OCLC Number: 60965051
Description: x, 216 p. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Vidal's life --
Celebrity --
America and its history: Gore Vidal's American chronicles, The growth of American empire, Masculinity and empire --
Politics: Vidal and America in the twenty-first century, Gore Vidal and "political correctness" --
Vidal as writer --
Sex: Gore Vidal and queer theory --
Hollywood --
Religion --
Gore Vidal's America.
Responsibility: Dennis Altman.

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"Gore Vidal is one of most significant American writers of the second half of the twentieth century, having produced a large number of best-selling novels, essays, plays and pamphlets which have impacted on major political and social debates for fifty years. He is a serious writer and also a television and movie celebrity, whose increasingly acerbic picture of the United States guarantees he is both revered and reviled.

Gore Vidal's America examines the ways in which Vidal's writings on history, politics, sex and religion throw into focus our understandings of the United States, but also recognizes his versatility and inventiveness as a creative writer, some of whose novels - Julian; Myra Breckinridge; Lincoln; Duluth - are among the important literary works of their time. Ranging from Vidal's early defence of homosexuality in The City and the Pillar (1948) to his most recent writings on the war in Iraq, this book provides a unique perspective on the evolution of post-World War II American society, politics and literature."--BOOK JACKET.

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