Empire of Self
A Life of Gore VidalDownloadable Audiobook - 2015
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 creme de la creme 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.
Publisher: [Ashland] : Blackstone Audio, Inc., 
Branch Call Number: eAUDIO
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file (16 hr., 14 min., 19 sec.)) :,digital audio file, rda