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HOLLYWOOD A Novel of the Twenties

Vidal, Gore

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ISBN 10: 023398495X / ISBN 13: 9780233984957
Published by Andre Deutsch, Suffolk, 1989
Condition: Good + Hardcover
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Blue cloth covered boards, gold stamped titles at spine, light shelf wear to corners, edges, head and tail of spine, small bump to center front top edge, corners straight. Book body clean and tight, pages lightly age toned. Signed by the author at title page. Illustrated dust jacket shows moderate shelf wear to edges and corners, heaviest wear and some small tears at head and tail of spine, heavy water staining and spotting marks to spine, purple and white titles at front, purple and black titles at spine, price intact, archival Brodart protected. Bookseller Inventory # 48853

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Title: HOLLYWOOD A Novel of the Twenties

Publisher: Andre Deutsch, Suffolk

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:Good +

Dust Jacket Condition: Good -

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

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Continuing what has been dubbed his 'revenge on two hundred years of American history', Gore Vidal locates this novel in Washington. But this is 1917, and Hollywood is now competing with America's capital as the nation's power-base, just as it fights for centre-stage in this book. Caroline Sanford, erstwhile newspaper magnate, launches herself into the West Coast land of celluloid dreams and becomes, overnight, an international star. Not for nothing, on the dawn of World War One, is Caroline making films like the Huns from Hell. She is a government agent. But in Washington, that government isn't doing awfully well. Weighed down by his League of Nation's failure, by Roosevelt, Clemenceau, a stroke and the ship-like tonnage of his wife Edith, President Woodrow Wilson is on the wane - and Warren Harding is on the up. A popular, handsome, toothpick-chomping philanderer and dimwit whose wife is given to consulting spiritualists, he is about to usher in a new era. One of unprecedented scandal, cinematic extravagance and tawdry disintegration. The sort of era where the President could easily be mistaken for a film star ...

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Who could possibly resist a novel that begins as William Randolph Hearst falls on his behind? The fifth novel in Gore Vidal's Narratives of Empire sequence (sixth, however, in order of publication) begins on the eve of American involvement in the First World War and ends shortly after the mysterious death of Warren G. Harding and ascension of the taciturn Calvin Coolidge to the presidency. Balanced against Gore's descriptions of all these political machinations is the story of newspaper publisher Caroline Sanford's foray into film acting, which places her in proximity to the scandals involving Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle and William Desmond Taylor. The cast of characters includes a young Franklin Delano Roosevelt--and his mistress, Lucy Mercer--and Vidal's maternal grandfather, Senator T.P. Gore. As always, the proceedings are enlivened by Vidal's caustic wit. --Ron Hogan

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