Gore Vidal: A Biography by Fred Kaplan

Gore Vidal is one of my favorite authors. His historical novels should be mandatory reading for all high schoolers. For that reason alone, I would be fascinated with this book, but also we have an inside look into the enfant terribles of the 1950s, who came out of the war years and took the literary establishment by the horns. It's worth reading for the politics and social history of of the 1960s and 70s. This was written while Vidal was still alive, and it's a little too pussyfoot for my liking, but certainly understandable. I understand the Vidal wasn't happy with this treatment, but then given his tremendous ego it's difficult to imagine a biography that would.

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LINKS

Debris and Detritus (available in trade paperback and ebook formats).

Pen and Prejudice (available in trade paperback and ebook formats).

Roux Morgue (available in hard cover, trade paperback, audio, and ebook formats)

Beat Until Stiff (available in trade paperback, audio, and ebook formats)

Poisoned Pen Press

Mystery Writers of America

Sisters in Crime Northern California Chapter

Independent American Booksellers Association

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