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At Home: Essays 1982-1988

Vidal, Gore

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ISBN 10: 0394570200 / ISBN 13: 9780394570204
Published by Random House Inc, Westminster, Maryland, U.S.A., 1988
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Maroon cloth, gilt titles to spine and front. Stated first edition with customary RH numberline. Book near fine; DJ also near fine with a bit of rubbing. 303 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 9790

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Title: At Home: Essays 1982-1988

Publisher: Random House Inc, Westminster, Maryland, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition.

Book Type: Book

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Presents twenty-three new essays that examine the leadership of present-day America, from presidents to born-again Christians, as well as Vidal's thoughts on writers of today and yesteryear

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Here is Vidal the essayist at the height of his powersiconoclastic, witty, sarcastic, engaging, as he tilts at shibboleths of radicals and conservatives alike. Included in this gathering of 24 essays from the past six years are controversial pieces that have created a ruckus, such as his plea that the U.S. should make common cause with the Soviet Union against "the Sino-Japanese axis," and his critique of the American pro-Israel lobby. Vidal portrays Ronald Reagan as "a very sincere sort of liar," and is equally withering on Nixon and Oliver North. In literary essays, he strikes gold in discussing Henry James as book reviewer, William Dean Howells' avant-garde realism, Anthony Burgess's embrace of God and sex, Paul Bowles's underrated short stories and expatriate Quaker writer Logan Pearsall Smith, among others. In more personal pieces, he reminisces on the early history of aviation and gets culture shock in Mongolia. Reading Vidal is always an invigorating experience.
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