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Hollywood A Novel of America in the 1920s (Paperback)

Author:  Gore Vidal
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0375708758
ISBN-13: 9780375708756
Sku: 30609214
Publish Date: 7/1/2000
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 7.75H x 5L x 1T
Pages:  448
Age Range:  NA
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Follows the career of Caroline Sanford, a brilliant and beautiful newspaper publisher who leaves Washington to become a Hollywood producer and movie star in the 1920s. Reprint. 15,000 first printing. *Author: Vidal, Gore *Series Title: American Chronicle *Subtitle: A Novel of America in the 1920s *Publication Date: 2000/07/01 *Number of Pages: 437 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.00 *Width: 5.00 *Height: 7.75
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"Wicked and provocative...Vidal's purview of Hollywood in one of its golden ages is fascinating." —Chicago Tribune

In his brilliant and dazzling new novel, Gore Vidal sweeps us into one of the most fascinating periods of American political and social change. The time is 1917. In Washington, President Wilson is about to lead the United States into the Great War. In California, a new industry is born that will transform America: moving pictures. Here is history as only Gore Vidal can re-create it: brimming with intrigue and scandal, peopled by the greats of the silver screen and American politics, from Charlie Chaplin and Douglas Fairbanks to Franklin D. Roosevelt and the author's own grandfather, the blind Senator Gore. With Hollywood, Vidal once again proves himself a superb storyteller and a perceptive chronicler of human nature's endless deceptions.

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Caroline Sanford, half-sister of the newspaper tycoon Blaise Sanford from WASHINGTON, D. C., and a newspaper publisher herself, becomes actress Emma Traxler in a fledgling motion picture industry. Vidal chronicles the rise of Hollywood and the rest of the country's conflicted feelings about it, peopling his story with characters like Hearst, Douglas Fairbanks, Woodrow Wilson, Eleanor and Franklin D. Roosevelt, and his own grandfather Senator Thomas P. Gore of Oklahoma.Caroline Sanford, half-sister of the newspaper tycoon Blaise Sanford from WASHINGTON, D. C., and a newspaper publisher herself, is transformed into actress Emma Traxler in the early days of the motion picture industry, just before the US entry into World War I. In his deliciously catty, unfailingly witty HOLLYWOOD, Vidal chronicles the rise of the industry and the rest of the country's conflicted feelings about it, peopling his story with characters like William Randolph Hearst, Douglas Fairbanks, Charlie Chaplin, Woodrow Wilson, the Roosevelts, the rascally Warren G. Harding, and Vidal's own grandfather, Senator Thomas P. Gore of Oklahoma.
Author Bio
Gore Vidal
Born Eugene Luther Gore Vidal, at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, Vidal spent a significant portion of his childhood reading to his blind grandfather, Senator T. P. Gore of Oklahoma. As a consequence, he has been heavily influenced by works of politics and history. He served aboard an Arctic transport ship during World War II but was discharged due to rheumatoid arthritis; he published his first novel in 1946, at the age of 21, based on his experiences at sea. In the 1950s, Vidal began writing screenplays and dramatic works for the stage, but returned to writing novels in 1964, with JULIAN, his first historical novel--a best-seller that showed him one of the directions his career should take. It was followed a few years later by his outrageously successful MYRA BRECKINRIDGE, which showed him another. Well known as a writer of both historical potboilers and transgressive metafictions, several of which have been made into films, Vidal has also run for--though not been elected to--Congress and the Senate. He has been outspoken as a homosexual and as a professed and unshakable atheist. In a memorable 1972 interview, he said, "There is not one human problem that could not be solved, if people would simply do as I advise."


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"His highly polished prose a constant delight. One might even go so far as to call him a modern La Rochefoucauld." - Louis Auchincloss 3/29/90

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