Why was julian assange clutching a book by gore vidal as he. Gore vidal 1925, henry james 18431916, theodore roosevelt 18581919, william jennings bryan 18601925, william mckinley 18431901, william randolph hearst 18631951, aaron burr 17561836, julian emperor of rome 3363, timothy mcveigh, abraham lincoln 18091865, george washington 17321799, john adams 17351826, thomas. Lincoln is the cornerstone of gore vidal s fictional american chronicle, which includes burr, 1876, washington, d. Lincoln by gore vidal and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. Gore vidals narratives of empire series spans the history of the united states from the revolution to the postworld war ii years. Born into a political dynasty, he twice sought elected office. The book reads like a political count of monte cristo and while theres a certain amount of dramatization of events and characters, its no more than any other good historical fiction and its effective. When i visited gore vidals home in the hollywood hills, five months after his death, one book, left unshelved, jolted me. Raised bands on the spine archival quality paper satin ribbon bookmark. Absolutely yes, in the topsyturvy world of gore vidals richly entertaining new novel, lincoln. Though lincoln is the focus, the book is never narrated from his point of view with the exception of several paragraphs describing a dream lincoln. Lincoln is the cornerstone of gore vidals fictional american chronicle, which includes burr, 1876, washington, d. Gore vidal, original name eugene luther gore vidal, jr. The book was published in multiple languages including english, consists of 272 pages and is available in paperback format.
But he draws lincoln his voice like a tenor trumpet as vidal puts it and gardner fulfills with compassion and genius, making this one of the truly great historical novels. As if to balance the flighty vileness of the lamentable duluth 1983, vidal follows it up with his most sober, unfanciful historical novel yet. Pages are intact and are not marred by notes or highlighting, but may contain a neat previous owner name. At the books conclusion, charles schuyler, vidals fictional interloper, asks lincolns secretary john hay where he would place lincoln amongst all the presidents past.
Bound in rich full leather gold gilt page edging, lettering, and graphics. Lincoln is the cornerstone of gore vidals fictional american chronicle, which includes burr. A novel is a historical novel, part of the narratives of empire series by gore vidal. Not that the better angels of the 16th presidents nature are not frequently on view. Vidal s lincoln is considered one of the best novels in his american chronicles series of historic fiction which also includes burr, 1876, washington, d. He was born eugene luther vidal in west point, new york, the son of eugene vidal and nina gore. Really loved that lincoln came across as a much more complex individual than portrayed in the schoolbooks. Gore vidal 1st edition books for sale in stock ebay. A copy that has been read, but remains in excellent condition. Basler, editor of the collected works of abraham lincoln, estimates that more than half of the book could never have happened as told, and that another 25 percent consists of episodes that might have happened, but never as told by vidal. Apparently, woodward believes that it is sufficient merely to. Gore vidal 1925 eugene luther gore vidal born october 3, 1925, known simply as gore vidal, is a wellknown american writer of novels, plays and essays, and has been a public figure for over fifty years. Gore vidals lincoln and other best audiobooks for summers.
Gore vidal has 158 books on goodreads with 184392 ratings. Lincoln by gore vidal meet your next favorite book. Absolutely yes, in the topsyturvy world of gore vidal s richly entertaining new novel, lincoln. According to lincoln s law partner william herndon. Jul 31, 2012 among vidal s most famous works are his 1960s books julian and myra breckinridge. Lincoln is a masterwork of historical fiction, in which gore vidal combines a comprehensive knowledge of civil war america with 20thcentury literary technique, probing the minds and motives of the men surrounding abraham lincoln, including personal secretary john hay and scheming cabinet members william seward and salmon p. In the hazardous fictional terrain of his historical novels, gore vidal is never especially kind to american history in general, or to its icons in. His first novel, williwaw, written when he was nineteen years old and serving in the army, appeared in the spring of 1946. A few fictional people from other vidal novels burr, 1876 appear herebut only very briefly. Lincoln by gore vidal, 9780375708763, available at book depository with free delivery worldwide. Doctorow and alex haley mentioned briefly to illustrate the failure of some writers of fictional history. He is to be found, for those able to read old prose, in his own writings.
The future president is in disguise, for there is talk of a plot to murder him. Small remainder mark on top edge of text, ow boards and text are clean, tight, square. Lincoln by gore vidal is the second historical novel in his american chronicle series. It opens early on a frozen winter morning in 1861, when presidentelect abraham lincoln slips into washington, flanked by two bodyguards. With their broad canvas and large cast of fictional and historical characters, the novels in this series present a panorama of the american political and imperial experience as interpreted by one of its most worldly, knowing, and ironic observers. Lincoln by gore vidal, first edition, signed abebooks. With sam waterston, mary tyler moore, richard mulligan, deborah adair. In gore vidals lincoln we meet lincoln the man and lincoln the political animal, the president who entered a. Gore vidal s narratives of empire series spans the history of the united states from the revolution to the postworld war ii years. Essays 19521992, for which he won the national book award. Gore vidal was one of three novelists the other two being e. A novel is a historical novel, part of the narratives of empire series by gore vidal set during the american civil war, the novel describes the presidency of abraham lincoln through the eyes of several historical figures, including presidential secretary john hay, first lady mary todd lincoln, secretary of state william h. Prodigious gore vidal the author, with this massive and carefully researched volume on lincolns presidency, of some 25 books 19 novels.
One sees this on the book jacket in which it is represented that the. The abraham lincoln vidal writes about was not steadfast in his opposition to slavery. Gore vidal books biography and list of works author of. In the pages of this book, gore vidal attempts to shade light on the different aspects of this monolithic figure. Gore vidals wellwritten is anything he has done not wellwritten diatribe. Vidals, lincoln is intricate and detailed, he weaves this massive story with ease and avoids getting lost in the minutiae. Gore vidal 19252012 was an american writer and public intellectual. Jul 11, 2017 when i visited gore vidals home in the hollywood hills, five months after his death, one book, left unshelved, jolted me. In his 1984 historical novel lincoln, gore vidal has written with great insight about our sixteenth president, his cabinet, his family, his enemies, and the civil war era. Signed by gore vidal on the second front free endpaper.
The principals are all history book figures and their families. Lincoln surprised some readers, who expected vidal to turn his iconoclastic wit on the great emancipator, as he had washington and jefferson. Pdf kalki book by gore vidal free download 272 pages. Gore vidals first and last notes on abraham lincoln. Lengthy though the book is, the writing is crisp and eloquent. Apr 11, 2019 the book immediately drew attention given assanges longrunning battles with those who wield power and seek to protect powerful interests, and vidals musings on the same topics. He began his literary career in 1946 with the publication of his novel williwaw but did not achieve notoriety until he published his third book the city and the pillar which cause a minor scandal for its depiction of homosexuality. Instead, vidal draws an admiring portrait of the civil.
Seward, secretary of the treasury salmon chase, his daughter. Why was julian assange clutching a book by gore vidal as. His first novel, williwaw, written when he was nineteen years old and serving in. Lincoln is in vidals version at once more complex, mysterious and enigmatic, more implacably courageous and, finally, more tragic than the conventional images, the marble man of the memorial. Feb 15, 2000 lincoln by gore vidal, 9780375708763, available at book depository with free delivery worldwide. Aug 29, 2019 but he draws lincoln his voice like a tenor trumpet as vidal puts it and gardner fulfills with compassion and genius, making this one of the truly great historical novels. The main characters of this fiction, science fiction story are kalki, teddy ottinger. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders.
Lincoln by gore vidal 1984, hardcover for sale online ebay. Gore vidal lincoln gore vidal was born in 1925 at the united states military academy at west point. Among vidals most famous works are his 1960s books julian and myra breckinridge. The book immediately drew attention given assanges longrunning battles with those who wield power and seek to protect powerful interests, and vidals musings on the same topics. Prodigious gore vidal the author, with this massive and carefully researched volume on lincoln s presidency, of some 25 books 19 novels, five collections of essays, one collection of short stories and five plays. The mayor of castro street, randy shiltss acclaimed biography of. So vidal starts the novel with lincoln being sneaked in, unannounced and in disguise, an excellent opening to a story that will pit this strange, perhaps even uncouth, and yet somehow heroic figure against an array of forces that had to be greater than anything he could withstand and would eventually crush him im sorry if thats a spoiler. The life and literature of gore vidal the new yorker. Gore vidals narratives of empire series spans the history of the united s.832 1506 1302 685 1225 327 39 763 1149 1318 1030 994 661 679 55 837 685 760 1268 519 70 1371 882 455 445 1490 334 1169 740 845 504 1329 132 859 643 171 1341 95 367 1409 556 881 1395 225 1437 62 386