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1876
Charles Schuyler, Aaron Burr's biographer and illegitimate son has come home to America. He's broke and his goal to find his beautiful daughter Emma a wealthy husband. He's also searching for some freelance writing assignments to keep them afloat until she finds a husband. Ignoble but true. As in "Burr" Schuyler narrates the story. He and Emma plunge into American high society circa 1876. He has lived abroad for some 40 years so he refers to himself a...
Burr
Aaron Burr lived a remarkable life. He was an aide to General Washington during the Revolutionary War. He was Senator from New York and one of the founders of Tammany Hall. He was elected Vice President in 1800 when electors voted both for President and Veep. He stepped aside for Thomas Jefferson to be President but Jefferson never trusts. Burr has a double tracked narration. One strand is Burr's memoirs, the other is set in the 1830's and told by Ch...
Empire
Caroline Sanford comes to America seeking a new life and finds it. Caroline Sanford is the daughter of Emma Sanford who we met in "1876." She has grown up in France under the care of her somewhat demented father. Actually, her nanny raised her and her father was present. Caroline's father has just died and his estate is a mess. She visits America hoping to establish her right to a share of her father's wealth. Her brother Blaise stands in her way. He ...
Hollywood
The protagonist of "Empire," Caroline Sanford, has returned to America. War is raging in Europe and Caroline is eager for a fresh start. Her brother Blaise is now running the family newspaper in Washington and he's a bit unnerved by his sister's return. He is worried that she wants to take the paper over. He was wrong. She starts writing for the paper and uses her powerful connections to inform her columns. Caroline becomes close to President and Mrs....

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Lincoln
In this book , Gore Vidal continues his "American Chronicle". This book focus on the presidency of Abraham Lincoln. In contrast to most books about Lincoln's presidency, this book does not focus heavily on the Civil War. The War is mentioned.But, t is not the major focus of the book. Lincoln is not the main point of view character for this novel bearing his name. The author uses a rotating first person narration device. The narration is f...
Myra Breckinridge
This is the hilarious story of a man who thinks he's a woman, becomes one, then realizes he's a man, and becomes one again. Vidal's theme is the plasticity of gender, language and identity in this postmodern media age. Vidal's rapier-like wit is on display, along with profound insights about art, films (Myra is an actress), literature, and how to be free and find happiness without ruining your outfit....


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