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Jun 16, 2009 | ISBN 9780307388681

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“Gore Vidal is the master essayist of our age.” —The Washington Post Book World“Vidal is the best all-around American man of letters since Edmund Wilson.” —Newsweek “Wonderfully selected. . . . All classic Vidal essays are here. . . . [They] confirm Vidal’s stature.” —The Buffalo News“Gore Vidal, essayist; so good that we cannot do without him. He is a treasure of the state.” —R.W.B. Lewis, The New York Times Book Review“Fearlessness and independence of mind are the strengths in this author’s arms, but his heart’s love is language and the richness of language.”—Los Angeles Times Book Review

Table Of Contents

Introduction by Jay Parini

PART ONE: READING THE WRITERS

Novelists and Critics of the 1940s (1953)
Tarzan Revisited (1963)
The Top Ten Best-Sellers According to the Sunday: New York Times as of January 7, 1973 (1973)
French Letters: Theories of the New Novel (1967)
American Plastic: The Matter of Fiction (1974)
Calvino’s Novels (1974)
The Hacks of Academe (1976)
Some Memories of the Glorious Bird and an Earlier Self (1976)
Edmund Wilson: This Critic and This Gin and These Shoes (1980)
William Dean Howells (1983)
Dawn Powell: The American Writer (1987)
Montaigne (1992)
Rabbit’s Own Burrow (1996)

PART TWO: READING THE WORLD

Passage to Egypt (1963)
Pornography (1966)
The Holy Family (1967)
Homage to Daniel Shays (1972)
Pink Triangle and Yellow Star (1981)
Theodore Roosevelt: An American Sissy (1981)
The Second American Revolution (1981)
The National Security State (1988)
Monotheism and Its Dicontents (1992)
Black Tuesday (2002)
State of the Union, (2004)

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