"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.
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.
Hometown:La Rondinaia, a villa in Ravello, Italy; and Los Angeles, California
Date of Birth:October 3, 1925
Place of Birth:West Point, New York
Education:Attended St. Albans. Graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy, 1943. No college.
What People are Saying About This
Wicked and provocative. . . . Vidal's purview of Hollywood in one of its golden ages is fascinating.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Gore Vidal should restrict himself to historical novels set in the distant past. 'Hollywood' falls flat, for it lacks the insider's sensitivity that so many other recent Hollywood novels possess. Take 'A Boy Scout in Hollywood' by Brian J. Hayes for example. Though a novel, Hayes's work reflects the pain and suffering young men and women undergo as they attempt to enter the cruel, bitter world of Hollywood filmmaking. Vidal's 'Hollywood' contains no such pathos. Leave Vidal by the wayside and read Hayes instead.