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Point to Point Navigation

By Gore Vidal

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The celebrated novelist, essayist, critic, and controversialist Gore Vidal ranges freely over his remarkable life with the signature wit and literary elegance that is uniquely his.

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"[A] perfect encapsulation of Vidal's outsized personality and readers' reactions will be determined by how they already feel about him." - PW.

"Though Vidal's memories from encounters in DC, New York, Hollywood and elsewhere remain intact, the wit that animates the best of his oeuvre is largely absent, leaving a voice at best affecting and at worst hectoring." - Kirkus.

"Certainly one of the best treats of the book is that Vidal has known many famous people, whom he mentions with a genuine interest in sharing what about them interested him. And Vidal always can be appreciated for his beautiful prose style alone." - Booklist.

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Gore Vidal Author Biography

During Gore Vidal's six decade career he has written many novels, essays, television plays and film scripts.  He was born Eugene Luther Gore Vidal in 1925 at the United States Military Academy at West Point where his father, Gene Vidal, was an aeronautics instructor.  As a teenager he adopted the first name of Gore.  His parents divorced in 1935, and his mother married Hugh Auchincloss, hence Gore Vidal acquired a stepfather in common with Jacqueline Kennedy.  He spent much of his childhood in Washington with his blind grandfather, Senator Thomas Pryor Gore of Oklahoma from whom Vidal learned the ins and outs of political life.  After graduating from Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, where he was considered a mediocre student, he joined ...

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Gore Vidal: gore (hard g) vi-DAHL

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