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Hollywood. a Novel of America in the 1920s.

Vidal, Gore.

ISBN 10: 0394576594 / ISBN 13: 9780394576596
Published by RANDOM HOUSE., NY, 1990
Condition: Very Good+ Hardcover
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INSCRIBED by Gore Vidal on title page. Close to fine in fine dust jacket. (Light trace of foxing at edges. ) A novel set during the silent movie era in Hollywood. Bookseller Inventory # 23321

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Title: Hollywood. a Novel of America in the 1920s.

Publisher: RANDOM HOUSE., NY

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:Very Good+

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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"Wicked and provocative...Vidal's purview of Hollywood in one of its golden ages is fascinating." —Chicago Tribune

In his brilliant and dazzling new novel, Gore Vidal sweeps us into one of the most fascinating periods of American political and social change. The time is 1917. In Washington, President Wilson is about to lead the United States into the Great War. In California, a new industry is born that will transform America: moving pictures. Here is history as only Gore Vidal can re-create it: brimming with intrigue and scandal, peopled by the greats of the silver screen and American politics, from Charlie Chaplin and Douglas Fairbanks to Franklin D. Roosevelt and the author's own grandfather, the blind Senator Gore. With Hollywood, Vidal once again proves himself a superb storyteller and a perceptive chronicler of human nature's endless deceptions.
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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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