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Empire of Self: A Life of Gore Vidal
By John Lescault (narrator) and Jay Parini
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Blackstone Audio Inc
Publication date October 13, 2015
Binding CD/Spoken Word
Edition Unabridged
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781504671361
ISBN-10 1504671368
Dimensions 1.75 by 5.75 by 6 in.
Weight 0.75 lbs.
Original list price $39.95
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Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: [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.

The product of thirty years of friendship and conversation, Jay Parini's Empire of Self probes behind the glittering surface of Gore Vidal's colorful life to reveal the complex emotional and sexual truth underlying his celebrity-strewn life. But there is plenty of glittering surface as well -- a virtual Who's Who of the American Century, from Eleanor Roosevelt and Amelia Earhart through the Kennedys, Princess Margaret, and the crème de la crème of Hollywood.

The life of Gore Vidal was an amazingly full one -- full of colorful incident, famous people, and lasting achievements -- that calls 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, he excavates many buried skeletons yet never loses sight of his deep respect for Vidal and his astounding gifts. This is the biography Gore Vidal has long needed.



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Paperback
Book cover for 9780345805836
 
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 9781504671361
 
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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

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