Gore Vidal Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

Gore Vidal Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

In an age and country that have little room for the traditional man of letters, Gore Vidal has established that role for himself by the force of his writing and intelligence and by his public prominence. He is a classicist in writing style, emphasizing plot, clarity, and order. Iconoclastic wit and cool, detached intelligence characterize his elegant style.

Because Vidal knows most contemporary public figures—including jet-setters, Wall Street insiders, and Washington wheeler-dealers—many readers comb his writing to glean intriguing bits of gossip. Two Sisters: A Memoir in the Form of a Novel, for example, is often read as an account of the lives and loves of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and her sister, Lee...

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