EVERY TIME A FRIEND SUCCEEDS SOMETHING INSIDE ME DIES
The Life of Gore Vidal

JAY PARINI
528pp 16 ILLUS 2016 LIST PRICE: £10.99 (P) B866

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An intimate biography of Gore Vidal, one of the most accomplished, visible and controversial American novelists and cultural figures of the past century. The product of thirty years of friendship and conversation, it probes behind the glittering surface of Vidal's colourful life to reveal complex emotional and sexual truths. But there is plenty of glittering surface -- a virtual Who's Who of the American Century, from Eleanor Roosevelt down.

. . . faithfully evokes the dangerous charm whose chilly dazzle even his melancholy last years could not quite extinguish. DAILY MAIL