Summer Semester 2000
literaturwissenschaftliches Seminar
a. Univ.Prof. Kurt Albert Mayer
Story and History in
Gore Vidal’s American Chronicles


A Bibliography of Works on Gore Vidal

I) books

II) essays and interviews

III) essays by Vidal


I) Books

Baker, Susan, and Gibson, Curtis S. Gore Vidal. A Critical Companion. Westport CT: Greenwood P, 1997.

Dick, Bernard F. The Apostate Angel: A Critical Study of Gore Vidal. New York: Random House, 1974.

Kiernan, Robert F. Gore Vidal. New York : Ungar, 1982.

Parini,Jay, ed. Gore Vidal: Writer Against the Grain. New York : Columbia UP, 1992. (>>>contents in detail>>>)

Stanton, Robert J., and Vidal, Gore (eds.)Views From a Window. Conversations With Gore Vidal. Secaucus NJ: Lyle Stuart, 1980.

White, Ray L. Gore Vidal. New York: Twayne, 1968.

Zinsser, William, ed. Paths of Resistance: The Art and Craft of the Political Novel. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1989. (>>>contents in detail>>>)

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II) Essays and Interviews

Armstrong, T. D. “An Old Philosopher in Rome: George Santayana and His Visitors.” Journal of American Studies 19, 3 (Dec. 1985): 349-368.

Baker, Brock. “Empire, the Novel.” The New Criterion (New York) 6, 8 (April 1988): 86-88.

Bargainnier, Earl F. “The Mysteries of Edgar Box (aka Gore Vidal).” Clues: A Journal of Detection (Bowling Green OH) 2, 1 (Spring-Summer 1981): 45-52.

Barton, David. “Narrative Patterns in the Novels of Gore Vidal.” Notes on Contemporary Literature (Carrollton GA) 11, 4 (Sept. 1981): 3-5.

Beloff, Max. “A ‘Founding Father’: The Sally Hemings Affair.” Encounter (London) 43 (Sept. 1974): 52-56

Bensoussan, Nicole. “Considerations sur l’efflorescence des sectes et leur destin apocalyptique; Actes du Colloque des 10 et 11 Oct. 1980.” Le Facteur religieux en Amerique du Nord, No. 2: Apocalypse et autres travaux, Jean Beranger, ed.. Bordeaux: Maison des Sciences de l’Homme d’Aquitaine, Univ. de Bordeaux III, 1981. 143-160.

——. “Gore Vidal ou la pensee visuelle.” Revue Francaise d’Etudes Americaines (Paris) 13, 32 (Apr. 1987): 163-168.

Berryman, Charles. “Satire in Gore Vidal’s Kalki.” Critique: Studies in Modern Fiction (Atlanta GA) 22, 2 (1980): 88-96.

Boyette, Purvis E. “Myra Breckinridge and Imitative Form.” Modern Fiction Studies (West Lafayette IN) 17 (1971): 229-238.

Corber, Robert J. “Gore Vidal and the Erotics of Masculinity.” Western Humanities Review 48 (1994): 30-52.

Costa, Horacio. “The Fundamental Re-Writing: Religious Texts and Contemporary Narrative: Gore Vidal’s Live from Golgotha, Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses, Jose Saramago’s O Evangelho Segundo Jesus Cristo.” Dedalus. Revista Portuguesa de Literatura Comparada (Lisbon, Portugal) 6 (1996): 245-253. Also in Poligrafias: Revista de Literatura Comparada (Mexico) 1 (1996): 189-98.

Crowley, John W. “A Winter in Duluth: Gore Vidal and W. D. Howells.” Notes on Contemporary Literature (Carrollton GA) 18, 4 (1988 Sept): 4-5.

Dick, Bernard F. “Anais Nin and Gore Vidal: A Study in Literary Incompatibility.” Mosaic: A Journal for the Comparative Study of Literature and Ideas (Winnipeg, Canada) 11, 2 (1978): 153-162.

Edwards, Owen Dudley. “Fiction as History: On an Earlier President.” Encounter (London, England) 64, 1 (Jan. 1985): 33-42.

Eisner, Douglas J. “The Homophile Difference: Pathological Discourse and Communal Identity in Early Gay Novels.” DAI 57, 9 (Mar 1997): 3937.

El Moncef, Salah. “Hysterical Labor: Formal Reproduction and the Rhetoric of Commodification in Three Narrative Moments of Postmodern America (Kesey, Updike, Vidal).” DAI 56, 6 (Dec 1995): 2236A

Elliott, S. James. “Homosexuality in the Crucial Decade: Three Novelists’ Views.” Louie Crew. The Gay Academic. Palm Springs : ETC Pubs., 1978. 164-177.

Fletcher, M. D. “Vidal’s Duluth as ‘Post-Modern’ Political Satire.” Thalia: Studies in Literary Humor (Ottawa ON, Canada) 9, 1 (Spring-Summer 1986): 10-21.

Fletcher, M. D., and Feros, Kate. “Gore Vidal’s Satire.” Studies in Contemporary Satire: A Creative and Critical Journal 20 (1996): 160-164.

Girlanda, Elio. “Hollywood Story.” Cinema-Studio (Rome, Italy) 5-6 (1992): 74-75.

Gladsky, Thomas. “Texts and Other Fictions in Gore Vidal’s Burr.” University of Mississippi Studies in English 11-12 (1993-1995): 321-28.

Golenpolski, Tankred. “V kakvo viarvam.” Literaturen Front: Organ na Suiuza na Bulgarskite Pisateli (Sofia, Bulgaria) 38, 45 (Nov. 11 1982): 8.

Harvey, Keith. “Translating Camp Talk: Gay Identities and Cultural Transfer.” Translator: Studies in Intercultural Communication 4 (1998), 2: 295-320.

Hill, Hamlin. “Black Humor and the Mass Audience.” American Humor: Essays Presented to John C. Gerber, O.M. Brack, ed. Scottsdale, AZ: Arete, 1977. 1-11.

Hines, Samuel M., Jr. “Political Change in America: Perspectives from the Popular Historical Novels of Michener and Vidal.” Political Mythology and Popular Fiction, Ernest J. Yanarella and Lee Sigelman, eds. New York: Greenwood, 1988. 81-99.

Koizumi, Toshihisa. “John O'Hara to Gore Vidal.” America Bungaku no Shintenkai: Dai 2-ji Sekaitaisen go no Shosetsu, Toshihiko Ogata, ed. Kyoto: Yamaguchi, 1983. 59-91.

Kopkind, Andrew. “First Person Singular-I: The Importance of Being Gore.” Nation 257, 1 (July 1993): 16-20

LaHood, Marvin J. “Gore Vidal: A Grandfather’s Legacy.” World Literature Today: A Literary Quarterly of the University of Oklahoma 64, 3 (Summer 1990): 413-417.

Lemeunier, Yves. “Aaron Burr: The American Non-President.” La Presidence americaine. Actes du GRENA, Groupe de Recherches et d'Etudes Nord-Americaines, 1979. Aix-en-Provence : Pubs. Univ. de Provence, 1980. 141-155.

Livesey, Matthew Jerald. “From This Moment On: The Homosexual Origins of the Gay Novel in America.” DAI 58:6 (Dec 1997): 2211

Mayer, Kurt Albert. “‘History Is Gossip, but the Trick Was in Determining Which Gossip Is History’: Gore Vidal’s American Chronicles, Henry James and Henry Adams.” Empire. Selected Papers from the Bi-National Conference of the Swiss and Austrian Associations for American Studies at the Salzburg Seminar, Nov. 1996, John G. Blair and Reinhold Wagnleitner, eds. Tübingen, Germany: Narr 1997. 251-265.

Monmany, Mercedes. “Gore Vidal: Mesias, apostata y expiador.” Insula: Revista de Letras y Ciencias Humanas (Madrid, Spain). 40, 468 (Nov. 1985): 1, 10.

Murry, Oswyn. “Whoring after Strange Gods.” Times Literary Supplement (London) 4078 (May 29 1981): 595.

Neilson, Heather. “Jack’s Ghost: Reappearances of John F. Kennedy in the Work of Gore Vidal and Norman Mailer.” American Studies International 35, 3 (Oct 1997): 23-41.

——. Live from Golgotha: Gore Vidal’s Second ‘Fifth Gospel.’” LiNQ (Townsville, Qld., Australia) 22, 2 (Oct 1995): 79-91.

Pease, Donald E. “Citizen Vidal and Mailer’s America.” Raritan: A Quarterly Review (New Brunswick NJ) 11, 4 (Spring 1992): 72-98.

Penzler, Otto. “Collecting Mystery Fiction: Edgar Box (Gore Vidal).” Armchair Detective: A Quarterly Journal Devoted to the Appreciation of Mystery, Detective, and Suspense Fiction (New York) 22, 1 (Winter 1989): 38.

Phillips, Robert. “Gore Vidal’s Greek Revival: ‘The Ladies in the Library.’” Notes on Modern American Literature (Jamaica NY) 6, 1 (Spring-Summer 1982): Item 3.

Rieckemann, Jens. “‘In deinem Atem bildet sich mein Wort’: Thomas Mann, Franz Westermeier und Die Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull.” Thomas Mann Jahrbuch (Zürich) 10 (1997): 149-65.

Schlereth, Thomas J. “Fiction and Facts: Henry Adams’s Democracy and Gore Vidal’s 1876.” The Southern Quarterly: A Journal of the Arts in the South (Hattiesburg MS) 16 (1978): 209-22

Shatzky, Joel. “Gore Vidal (1925- ).” Contemporary Gay American Novelists: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook, Emmanuel S. Nelson and Gregory W. Bred­beck, eds. Westport, CT : Greenwood, 1993. 375-80.

Simon, John. “What Gore Remembers.” The New Criterion (New York), 14, 4 (Dec 1995): 18-27.

Stabnikov, Vladimir. “We Enter a Change of the Weather.” Soviet Literature (Moscow) 7 (1987): 112-114.

Tabbia, Alberto. “El tierno veneno de Gore Vidal.” La Nacion (Buenos Aires) 1996 Nov 24, Suplemento Literario 6.

Vree, Freddy de. “Gore Vidal, Collected Essays.” Kunst en Cultuur (Brussels, Belgium) Sept. 19 1974, 22.

Weales, Gerald. “Jesus Who?” The Gettysburg Review (Gettysburg PA) 6, 4 (Autumn 1993): 688-96.

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III) Essays by Vidal (selection)

Vidal, Gore, and Auchincloss, Louis. “Just Between Cousins.” New Yorker 1997 June 9, 76-82, 84-85.

Vidal, Gore. “Under the Star of Writing: Letters about and to Gore Vidal, 1946-1961.” Anais: An International Journal 14 (1996): 42-54.

Vidal, Gore. “A Writer by Any Other Name.” Armchair Detective: A Quarterly Journal Devoted to the Appreciation of Mystery, Detective, and Suspense Fiction 27, 3 (Summer 1994): 322-24.

Vidal, Gore. “The Romance of Sinclair Lewis.” The New York Review of Books 39, 16 (Oct 8 1992): 14, 16-20.

Vidal, Gore. “Lincoln.” The American Poetry Review 21, 5 (Sept-Oct 1992): 21-26.

Vidal, Gore. “Honourable Passions.” Times Literary Supplement (London) 4551 (June 22-28 1990): 659-660.

Vidal, Gore. “Maugham’s Half & Half.” The New York Review of Books 37, 1 (Feb 1, 1990): 39-44.

Vidal, Gore. “The Political Novel from Darius the Great to President Chester Arthur.” Il magnifico Crawford: Scrittore per mestiere, Gordon Poole, ed. (Acts of Internat. Conf., Sant’Agnello, May 7-9, 1988). Naples: Township of Sant’Agnello & Dept. of Linguistic & Lit. Studies, 1st. Univ. Orientale, 1990. 37-42.

Vidal, Gore. “Scott’s Case.” The New York Review of Books May 1 1980, 12-20.

Vidal, Gore. “Art, Sex and Isherwood.” The New York Review of Books Dec. 9 1976, 10-18.

Vidal, Gore. “Selected Memoirs of the Glorious Bird and the Golden Age.” The New York Review of Books Feb. 5 1976, 13-18.

Vidal, Gore. “French Letters: The Theory of the New Novel.” Encounter (London) 29, 4 (1967): 13-23.

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Contents of Parini’s Book:

Boyers, Robert. “On Gore Vidal: Wit and the Work of Criticism.” Gore Vidal: Writer Against the Grain,  Jay Parini, ed. New York : Columbia UP, 1992. 158-170.

Cheese, Alan. “A Note on Vidal’s Messiah.” Gore Vidal: Writer Against the Grain,  Jay Parini, ed. New York : Columbia UP, 1992. 102-105.

Parini, Jay. “An Interview with Gore Vidal.” Gore Vidal: Writer Against the Grain,  Jay Parini, ed. New York : Columbia UP, 1992. 278-305.

——. “Gore Vidal: The Writer and His Critics.” Gore Vidal: Writer Against the Grain,  Jay Parini, ed. New York : Columbia UP, 1992. 1-30.

Pease, Donald E. “America and the Vidal Chronicles.” Gore Vidal: Writer Against the Grain,  Jay Parini, ed. New York : Columbia UP, 1992. 247-277.

Pickering, Samuel F. “Living Appropriately: Vidal and the Essay.” Gore Vidal: Writer Against the Grain,  Jay Parini, ed. New York : Columbia UP, 1992. 146-157.

Price, David. “Williwaw: Gore Vidal’s First Novel.” Gore Vidal: Writer Against the Grain,  Jay Parini, ed. New York : Columbia UP, 1992. 37-55.

Pritchard, William H. “Vidal’s Satiric Voices.” Gore Vidal: Writer Against the Grain,  Jay Parini, ed. New York : Columbia UP, 1992. 137-145.

Stimpson, Catharine R. “My O My O Myra.” Gore Vidal: Writer Against the Grain,  Jay Parini, ed. New York : Columbia UP, 1992. 183-198. Reprinted from New England Review: Middlebury Series (Middlebury VT). 14, 1 (Fall 1991): 102-15.

Summers, Claude J. “The City and the Pillar as Gay Fiction.” Gore Vidal: Writer Against the Grain,  Jay Parini, ed. New York : Columbia UP, 1992. 56-75.

Tatum, James. “The Romanitas of Gore Vidal.” Gore Vidal: Writer Against the Grain,  Jay Parini, ed. New York : Columbia UP, 1992. 199-220. Reprinted in Raritan: A Quarterly Review (New Brunswick NJ) 11, 4 (Spring 1992): 99-122. (<<<back<<<)

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Contents of Zinsser’s Book

Allende, Isabel. “Writing as an Act of Hope; Isabel Allende, Charles McCarry, Marge Piercy, Robert Stone, Gore Vidal.” Paths of Resistance: The Art and Craft of the Political Novel, William Zinsser, ed. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1989. 41-63.

McCarry, Charles. “A Strip of Exposed Film; Isabel Allende, Charles McCarry, Marge Piercy, Robert Stone, Gore Vidal.” Paths of Resistance: The Art and Craft of the Political Novel, William Zinsser, ed. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1989. 67-87.

Piercy, Marge. “Active in Time and History; Isabel Allende, Charles McCarry, Marge Piercy, Robert Stone, Gore Vidal.” Paths of Resistance: The Art and Craft of the Political Novel, William Zinsser, ed. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1989. 91-123.

Stone, Robert. “We Are Not Excused; Isabel Allende, Charles McCarry, Marge Piercy, Robert Stone, Gore Vidal.” Paths of Resistance: The Art and Craft of the Political Novel, William Zinsser, ed. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1989. 19-37.

Vidal, Gore. “The Agreed-Upon Facts; Isabel Allende, Charles McCarry, Marge Piercy, Robert Stone, Gore Vidal.” Paths of Resistance: The Art and Craft of the Political Novel, William Zinsser, ed. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1989. 127-152. (<<<back<<<)

thanks to Tim Conley for supplying this list

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