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 nonfiction 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.

Jay Parini

Books by Jay Parini

by Jay Parini - Biography, Nonfiction

The product of 30 years of friendship and conversation, Jay Parini’s EMPIRE OF SELF probes behind the glittering surface of Gore Vidal's colorful life to reveal the complex emotional and sexual truth underlying his celebrity-strewn life. But there is plenty of glittering surface as well --- a virtual Who's Who of the American Century, from Eleanor Roosevelt and Amelia Earhart through the Kennedys, Princess Margaret and the crème de la crème of Hollywood.