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Vidal, Gore. SCREENING HISTORY. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1992. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 96 pages. Fine/Fine.

Collection of three interconnected essays on subject. One of the best books on cinema ever written. The true First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the British Edition, which looks exactly like it. Published in an extremely small and limited print run as a hardcover original only by a University Press. Discusses the influence of the movies on American history and vice versa, with unexpected, Vidalian results: Film criticism-as-autobiography, autobiography-as-film criticism, in the unique, seamless way that only Gore Vidal (and no other regular film critic) could possibly pull off. "Uses the movies of his youth as the key to an examination of his past. Young Gore's first confrontation with the reality of death occurred in his viewing of a poignant scene from 'The Prince and the Pauper' (1937). He is aware that films and other images from the media can be used to manipulate or define an event for its audience, and he realizes that the image often becomes the reality of that event" (Library Journal). Characterized by wit, insight, and penetrating brilliance, this is really a nostalgic valentine to the movies from America's finest living man-of-letters, who was once a Hollywood screenwriter himself, "Ben-Hur" being the most celebrated, "Caligula" being the most controversial, disowned by him and uncredited at his litigious insistence. A "must-have" title for Gore Vidal completists. This title has been out-of-print as a hardcover for a very long time and is now collectible. This is one of few copies of the true First Edition still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A scarce copy thus. Recipient of the National Book Award's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009 for "Distinguished Contribution to American Letters". One of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER GORE VIDAL TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0674795865. $30.00

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