Jay Parini

Jay Parini is a poet, novelist, biographer, and critic. His five books of poetry include THE ART OF SUBTRACTION: New and Selected Poems. He has written eight novels, including BEJAMIN'S CROSSING, THE APPRENTICE LOVER, THE PASSAGE OF H.M., and THE LAST STATION --- the latter was made into an Academy Award-nominated film starring Helen Mirren and Christopher Plummer.  He has written biographies of John Steinbeck, Robert Frost, and William Faulkner.  His non-fiction works include JESUS: The Human Face of God, WHY POETRY MATTERS, and PROMISE LAND: Thirteen Books that Changed America. He writes for various publications, including The New York Times, The Guardian, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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by Jay Parini - Biography, Gay & Lesbian, Nonfiction

The life of Gore Vidal was an amazingly full one, full of colorful incident, famous people and lasting achievements that calls out for careful evocation and examination. Jay Parini crafts Vidal’s life into an accessible, entertaining story that puts the experience of one of the great American figures of the postwar era into context; introduces the author and his works to a generation who may not know him; and looks behind the scenes at the man and his work in ways never possible before his death. Provided with unique access to Vidal's life and his papers, he excavates many buried skeletons yet never loses sight of his deep respect for Vidal and his astounding gifts.