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Sympathy for the devil: four decades of friendship with Gore Vidal

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"A generous, entertaining, intimate look at Gore Vidal, a man who prided himself on being difficult to know Detached and ironic; a master of the pointed put-down, of the cutting quip; enigmatic, impossible to truly know: This is the calcified, public image of Gore Vidal--one the man himself was fond of reinforcing. "I'm exactly as I appear," he once said of himself. "There is no warm, lovable person inside. Beneath my cold exterior, once you break the ice, you find cold water." Michael Mewshaw's Sympathy for the Devil, a memoir of his friendship with the stubbornly iconoclastic public intellectual, is a welcome corrective to this tired received wisdom. A complex, nuanced portrait emerges in these pages--and while "Gore" can indeed be brusque, standoffish, even cruel, Mewshaw also catches him in more vulnerable moments. The Gore Vidal the reader comes to know here is generous and supportive to younger, less successful writers; he is also, especially toward the end of his life, disappointed, even lonely. Sparkling, often hilarious, and filled with spicy anecdotes about expat life in Italy, Sympathy for the Devil is an irresistible inside account of a man who was himself--faults and all--impossible to resist. As enlightening as it is entertaining, it offers a unique look at a figure many only think they know"--
"An intimate memoir of the author's long friendship with notoriously difficult author, Gore Vidal"--
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subject_facetAuthors, American -- 20th century -- Biography
Mewshaw, Michael, -- 1943- -- Friends and associates
Vidal, Gore, -- 1925-2012 -- Friends and associates
title_displaySympathy for the devil : four decades of friendship with Gore Vidal
title_fullSympathy for the Devil Four Decades of Friendship with Gore Vidal
Sympathy for the devil : four decades of friendship with Gore Vidal / Michael Mewshaw
title_shortSympathy for the devil
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Biography & Autobiography
Friends and associates
Gay/Lesbian
Mewshaw, Michael
Nonfiction
Vidal, Gore