Chapter 37. Gore Vidal

  1. David Seed Professor
  1. Heather Neilson D.Phil.

Published Online: 5 NOV 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444310108.ch37

A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction

A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction

How to Cite

Neilson, H. (2009) Gore Vidal, in A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction (ed D. Seed), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444310108.ch37

Editor Information

  1. University of Liverpool, UK

Author Information

  1. Australian Defence Force Academy campus, University of New South Wales, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2009
  2. Published Print: 16 OCT 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405146913

Online ISBN: 9781444310108

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Keywords:

  • Gore Vidal's place in American culture;
  • Vidal's novels - featuring characters as potentially able politicians;
  • Vidal's service in American army during World War II - source of pride to him;
  • Vidal's first novel, Williwaw (1946) - his own experience of serving in the Aleutians;
  • light fiction writing under pseudonyms of Edgar Box;
  • Julian, his first best-seller since The City and the Pillar;
  • Vidal categorizing his novels - as “inventions” or “reflections upon history”;
  • finest writing in the sequel, Point to Point Navigation (2006);
  • Imperial America;
  • Mexican-American war of 1846–8

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • References and Further Reading