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Vidal, Gore (Author/Subject); Peabody, Richard & Ebersole, Lucinda (Editors). CONVERSATIONS WITH GORE VIDAL: LITERARY CONVERSATIONS SERIES. Jackson, MS: University Of Mississippi, 2005. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 196 pages. Fine.

The author's collection of interviews. Published in a small and limited print run of 500 copies as a hardcover original by a University Press as part of the now-legendary "Literary Conversations" Series. This First Hardcover Edition was sold to public libraries only and was never reissued. Should not be confused with the regular trade Softcover Edition. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents, in the most collectible format possible, a representative selection of interviews conducted by various writers, journalists, and scholars with the author. Gives a rich, complex, and lively overview of both the life and mind of one of America's most important writers. Presented in chronological order, the interviews cumulatively amount to an absorbing account of one of the greatest literary journeys of the 20th century, which is the explicit intention of the publisher with each writer who is included in the Series. "Provocative and intriguing interviews with one of America's most prolific authors. Vidal was an enfant terrible in the 1940's and a marginalized homosexual in the 1950's. As Edgar Box he wrote mysteries, and as a screenwriter he penned the script for 'Ben-Hur'. In 1960, he ran for Congress. In the 1990's, he appeared in films such as 'Gattaca', 'Bob Roberts', and 'Shadow Conspiracy'. His essay collection, 'United States: Essays 1952-1992', which features 114 pieces on everything from Howard Hughes to French literature, won the National Book Award. Vidal proves himself here to be a witty, acerbic, cantankerous conversationalist, one who is willing to - and often eager to - defy conventional wisdom and lacerate the tired cliches inherent in both politics and literature. A defiant political insider who is related to both the Gores and the Kennedys, he is a proud Leftist who nevertheless does not hesitate to slash at party orthodoxy when he deems it necessary" (Publisher's blurb). "There is not one human problem which could not be solved if people would simply do as I advise" (Gore Vidal). Gore Vidal died on July 31, 2012 at the age of 86, the last of the great American public intellectual/writers of our time. We live in the Age of Mediocrity, where (nearly) everyone is a critic/blogger/pundit mouthing timid, politically correct opinions. Pundits are retail thinkers, that is, they are not real thinkers. Someday, we will realize what we have irretrievably lost. An absolute "must-have" title for Gore Vidal collectors. This title is a great collection. This is one of very few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Please note: The Hardcover Edition was issued without a DJ. Copies available online command as much as $200. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare copy thus. Recipient of the National Book Award's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009 for "Distinguished Contribution to American Letters". One of the greatest writers of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER GORE VIDAL TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1578066727. $100.00

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