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Collected Essays: 1952 - 1972 by Gore Vidal
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Collected Essays: 1952 - 1972 (edition 1974)

by Gore Vidal (Author), Gore Vidal (Note)

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Title:Collected Essays: 1952 - 1972
Authors:Gore Vidal (Author)
Other authors:Gore Vidal (Note)
Info:William Heinemann Ltd, London (1974), Hardcover, 456 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
Tags:essays, culture, literature, politics

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Homage To Daniel Shays: Collected Essays by Gore Vidal

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This book is a valuable addition to those seeking to explore the politics of the period 1950 - 72. I view Gore Vidal as an accomplished stylist, who having been born into Louisiana politics, became a critic (in the best sense)of the American political process. Daniel shays was a Massachusetts farmer, whose revolt against the debt system of the 1780's led to the formulation of the American constitution. The book is an anthology of the political Vidal essays and though of course spotty, provides useful background material for analysis. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Oct 25, 2016 |
GV is of course the bete noire of the 3rd rate historian. but no matter, he 's always shouldered his own burdens, and has nothing to apologize for. to read his essays is to get a liberal education. his range is vast, and his aim is true. his only equal, i believe, is john updike. read his essays and see if what i say isnt accurate
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3 vote Porius | Oct 8, 2008 |
More managable and less shrill than Vidal's collected essays, United States. This is a great place to start if you have not read Vidal's essays before. Despite his olympian world weariness he is a master of the essay form. ( )
3 vote Smiley | Jan 23, 2006 |
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Most of the pieces in Gore Vidal’s Collected Essays we have seen before—mainly in his two earlier collections, ‘Rocking the Boat’ and ‘Reflections Upon a Sinking Ship’—but they gain from being assembled in one volume. Vidal has always had a title to being amongst the most fluently entertaining of American essayists. I think it can now be seen that he has also been among the most substantial. He has had the usual trouble of writers who are not solemn, in that the humorless have been slow to take him seriously. But by now the quality of his intelligence should be obvious to all.
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