- New Castle, Delaware: Oak Knoll Press, 2009.
- 8.5 x 11 inches
- Hardcover, dust jacket, with CD-ROM containing text and images
- 516 pages plus 120 pages on CD-ROM
- ISBN: 9781584562207
Price: $195.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 96674
First edition. Gore Vidal, a twentieth-century Renaissance man, was described in the Citation for the 1993 National Book Award as "a masterly, learned, and percipient observer of an unparalleled range of subjects" which he addressed "with an artist's resonant appreciation, a scholar's conscience and the persuasive powers of a great essayist."
In 1948, Vidal wrote the groundbreaking novel The City and the Pillar. He is the undisputed master of the historical novel through Creation, Julian, and his American Chronicle series and is equally well-known for his inventive novels, including Myra Breckinridge and Duluth. In 2002, Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace: How We Got To Be So Hated was an international best seller critiquing U.S. foreign policy. Vidal is a powerful voice interpreting and critiquing our world with insight, originality, and scholarship, often resulting in thought-provoking controversy.
This bibliography documents all phases of Vidal's ongoing remarkable work. It focuses on Gore Vidal as a writer from 1940 through June, 2009. In two volumes (second on CD), this is the definitive, comprehensive, and descriptive bibliography of his work and is a valuable reference book for libraries, collectors, scholars, booksellers, and Vidalophiles.
The book is organized in user-friendly sections, of which the A (Books and Pamphlets), B (Contributions to Books and Pamphlets), and D (Foreign Language Translations of Books) Sections identify, with detailed descriptions, Vidal's books, significant textual variations within a title by comparing different editions of a book, books and pamphlets with contributions by him and foreign translations in more than 30 languages, with full bibliographic citations of the books in French, Italian, and Spanish. More than 400 of his contributions to periodicals are listed and cross-referenced to their reappearances in books, collections, and anthologies. Also included are selected interviews with Vidal. His screenplays for film and television, both original writings and adaptations, are included, as are web postings and podcasts of essays, comments, excerpts, and reviews.
The Appendices include a chronology of Vidal's life, a table of essay titles (including title changes), a table of Vidal's small press appearances, a selection of critical works about him and his oeuvre, and a listing of Vidal's work as an actor. More than 650 images of the covers and title pages of a wide selection of Vidal's books are included in grayscale in Volume I, and more than 1400 in color on the accompanying CD-ROM.
Through this bibliography, scholars and readers interested in literature, social commentary, sexuality, media, religion, history, politics, and public life have a valuable tool for research on one of the Modern Era's most celebrated authors.
Steven Abbott has a master's degree in library science from Simmons College. He first met Gore Vidal when he interviewed him in Boston in 1973. Throughout the years, Abbott has built a definitive Vidal collection that is the foundation of this bibliography. At Vidal's direction, while researching this bibliography, Abbott located the original manuscript of Creation, which was then published as Creation: Restored Edition. Vidal generously authorized Abbott's access to his literary archives, agents, publishers and personal library in Ravello, Italy.