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Empire of Self: A Life of Gore Vidal
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Anchor Books
Publication date September 20, 2016
Pages 480
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780345805836
ISBN-10 0345805836
Dimensions 0 by 5.19 by 8 in.
Original list price $18.00
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Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: 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 crème de la crème of Hollywood. Also a generous helping of feuds with the likes of William F. Buckley, Norman Mailer, Truman Capote, and The New 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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Paperback
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Reprint edition from Anchor Books (September 20, 2016)
9780345805836 | details & prices | 480 pages | List price $18.00
This edition also contains Empire of Self: A Life of Gore Vidal
About: 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.
CD/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9781504671354 Book cover for 9781504671361
 
Unabridged edition from Blackstone Audio Inc (October 13, 2015)
9781504671361 | details & prices | 5.75 × 6.00 × 1.75 in. | 0.75 lbs | List price $39.95
About: [Read by John Lescault] An intimate, authorized, yet frank biography of Gore Vidal (1925-2012), one of the most accomplished, visible, and controversial American novelists and cultural figures of the past century.
Mp3 una edition from Blackstone Audio Inc (October 13, 2015)
9781504671354 | details & prices | 5.25 × 7.25 × 0.50 in. | 0.20 lbs | List price $29.95
About: [Read by John Lescault] An intimate, authorized, yet frank biography of Gore Vidal (1925-2012), one of the most accomplished, visible, and controversial American novelists and cultural figures of the past century.
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780385537568
 
from Doubleday (October 13, 2015)
9780385537568 | details & prices | 464 pages | 6.25 × 9.50 × 1.50 in. | 1.94 lbs | List price $35.00
About: 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.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780345805836
 
The price comparison is for this edition
Reprint edition from Anchor Books (September 20, 2016)
9780345805836 | details & prices | 480 pages | List price $18.00
This edition also contains Empire of Self: A Life of Gore Vidal
About: 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.

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