by Gore Vidal


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Gore Vidal's Narratives of Empire series spans the history of the United States from the Revolution to the post-World War II years. With their broad canvas and large cast of fictional and historical characters, the novels in this series present a panorama of the American political and imperial experience as interpreted by one of its most worldly, knowing, and ironic observers.

The centennial of the United States was celebrated with great fanfare--fireworks, exhibitions, pious calls to patriotism, and perhaps the most underhanded political machination in the country's history: the theft of the presidency from Samuel Tilden in favor of Rutherford B. Hayes. This was the Gilded Age, when robber barons held the purse strings of the nation, and the party in power was determined to stay in power. Gore Vidal's 1876 gives us the news of the day through the eyes of Charlie Schuyler, who has returned from exile to regain a lost fortune and arrange a marriage into New York society for his widowed daughter. And although Tammany Hall has faltered and Boss Tweed has fled, the effects of corruption reach deep, even into Schuyler's own family.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375708725
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/28/2000
Series: American Chronicles Series
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 241,092
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Gore Vidal (1925–2012) was born at the United States Military Academy at West Point. His first novel, Williwaw, written when he was 19 years old and serving in the army, appeared in the spring of 1946. He wrote 23 novels, five plays, many screenplays, short stories, well over 200 essays, and a memoir.


La Rondinaia, a villa in Ravello, Italy; and Los Angeles, California

Date of Birth:

October 3, 1925

Place of Birth:

West Point, New York


Attended St. Albans. Graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy, 1943. No college.

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1876 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
ostrom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I remember liking this one more that Vidal's Burr when I read them in the same month. Vidal's Lincoln is still my favorite of his.
minnesotan More than 1 year ago
simply boring.
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Being a rabid fan of Vidal's essays, I've long avoided his fiction, out of the fear that it wouldn't be as interesting as 'real' events. But '1876' is written in an absolutely clear and involving style. It makes the Ulysses S. Grant period very vivid, in a way that no essay could. There are many sly and subtle appearances by figures such as Chester A. Arthur and Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) that can be appreciated by history buffs and casual readers alike. I especially enjoyed the novel's sympathetic portrayal of Sam Tilden, the narrator's (hopeful) beneficiary. As the old tagline goes, 'highly recommended.'