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Inventing A Nation: Washington, Adams, Jefferson

Vidal, Gore

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ISBN 10: 0300101716 / ISBN 13: 9780300101713
Published by Yale University Press, 2003
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New Haven. 2003. Yale University Press. 2nd Printing. Very Good In Slightly Worn Dustjacket. 198 pages. October 2003. hardcover. Eugene Luther Gore Vidal (born Eugene Louis Vidal, October 3, 1925 – July 31, 2012) was an American writer known for his essays, novels, screenplays, and Broadway plays. He was also known for his patrician manner, Transatlantic accent, and witty aphorisms. Vidal came from a distinguished political lineage; his grandfather was the U.S. Senator Thomas Gore of Oklahoma. Vidal was a lifelong Democrat; he ran for political office twice and was a longtime political commentator. As well known for his essays as his novels, Vidal wrote for The Nation, the New Yorker, the New York Review of Books and Esquire. Through his essays and media appearances, Vidal was a longtime critic of American foreign policy. In addition to this, he characterised the United States as a decaying empire from the 1980s onwards. He was also known for his well-publicized spats with such figures as Norman Mailer, William F. Buckley, Jr., and Truman Capote. His most widely regarded social novel was Myra Breckinridge; his best known historical novels included Julian, Burr, and Lincoln. His third novel, The City and the Pillar (1948), outraged conservative critics as one of the first major American novels to feature unambiguous homosexuality. Vidal always rejected the terms of ‘homosexual’ and ‘heterosexual’ as inherently false, claiming that the vast majority of individuals had the potential to be pansexual. His screenwriting credits included the epic historical drama Ben-Hur (1959), into which he claimed he had written a ‘gay subplot.’ Ben-Hur won the Academy Award for Best Picture. At the time of his death he was the last of a generation of American writers who had served during World War II, including J. D. Salinger, Kurt Vonnegut, Norman Mailer, and Joseph Heller. Perhaps best remembered for his caustic wit, he referred to himself as a ‘gentleman bitch’ and has been described as the 20th century's answer to Oscar Wilde. Jacket illustrations: Posthumous portraits by Asher Brown Durand (left to right): George Washington after a painting by Gilbert Stuart; John Adams, 1835; Thomas Jefferson, ca, 1835. 0300101716. keywords: 42265. inventory # 3236. FROM THE PUBLISHER - ‘Washington’s steady presence and regal confidence more than compensated for his poor performance in the field against British generals, themselves every bit as striking in their mediocrity as he’. ‘Adams alone saw virtues in monarchy - not England’s, but one of our own, with titles for the men of power (due to his elliptical shape he was dubbed His Rotundity)’. ‘ If Adams was the loftiest of the scholars at the Continental Congress of 1775, Thomas Jefferson was the most intricate character, gifted as a writer, architect, farmer - and, in a corrupt moment, he allowed his cook to give birth to that unique dessert later known as Baked Alaska’. Gore Vidal, one of the master stylist of American literature and one of the most acute observers of American life and history, turns his immense literary and historiographic talent to a portrait of the formidable trio of George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson. In INVENTING A NATION, Vidal transports the reader into the minds, the living rooms (and bedrooms), the convention halls, and the salons of Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and other key figures who helped found the American Republic, Vidal’s splendid and percipient prose animates key moments of decision in the birthing of our nation, and we come to know these men in ways we have now until now - their opinions of each other, their worries about money, their concerns about creating a viable democracy. Vidal brings them to life and illuminates the force and weight of the documents they wrote, the speeches they gave, and the institutions of government they fashioned. Above all, INVENTING A NATION presents a powerful, compassionate, immensely moving portrait of George Washin. Bookseller Inventory # 3236

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Title: Inventing A Nation: Washington, Adams, ...

Publisher: Yale University Press

Publication Date: 2003

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Gore Vidal, one of the master stylists of American literature and an acute observer of American life and history, turns his literary and historiographic talent to a portrait of the formidable trio of George Washington, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. In "Inventing a Nation", Vidal transports the reader into the minds, the living rooms (and bedrooms), the convention halls and the salons of Washington, Jefferson, Adams and others. We come to know these men, their opinions of each other, their worries about money and their concerns about creating a viable democracy.

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