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Palimpsest
  • ISBN: 9780349108001
  • Pages: 448
  • Publisher: Abacus
  • Binding: Paperback

Palimpsest

Gore Vidal
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This is a memoir of the first 40 years of Gore Vidal’s life, ranging back and forth across a rich history.

He spent his childhood in Washington DC, in the household of his grandfather, the blind senator from Oklahoma, T. P. Gore, and in the various domestic situations of his complicated and exasperating mother, Nina.

Then come schooldays at St Albans and Exeter, the army, life as a literary wunderkind in New York, London, Rome and Paris in the ‘40s and ‘50s, sex in an age of promiscuity and a campaign for Congress in 1960. His cast includes Tennessee Williams, the Kennedys, Eleanor Roosevelt, Truman Capote, Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, Christopher Isherwood, Jack Kerouac, Jane and Paul Bowles, Santayana, Anais Nin, Norman Mailer, Leonard Bernstein and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, among others.



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In the age of the common man, said Malcolm Muggeridge, we all want to be uncommon, and they don’t come more uncommon than Gore Vidal, a writer for whom the term sui generis might have been coined....

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