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by Gore Vidal
Eugene Luther Gore Vidal (/vɪˈdɑːl/; born Eugene Louis Vidal, October 3, 1925 – July 31, 2012) was an American writer and public intellectual known for his epigrammatic wit, patrician manner, and polished style of writing.
Eugene Luther Gore Vidal (/vɪˈdɑːl/; born Eugene Louis Vidal, October 3, 1925 – July 31, 2012) was an American writer and public intellectual known for his epigrammatic wit, patrician manner, and polished style of writing. Vidal was born into a political family; his maternal grandfather, Thomas Pryor Gore, served as United States senator from Oklahoma (1907–1921 and 1931–1937)
I read Williwaw mainly for the fact that Gore Vidal was a Warrant Officer on an Army boat during WWII and he wrote the book while he was on watch. That greatly interested me as a Warrant Office on Army boats myself.
Only 7 left in stock (more on the way). I read Williwaw mainly for the fact that Gore Vidal was a Warrant Officer on an Army boat during WWII and he wrote the book while he was on watch. The book gives a snapshot of the history of the little known Army boat field.
Vidal's first novel - written when he was 19 - takes place aboard an Army. The material for Williwaw is derived from Vidal's own experience during WWII among the Aleutian islands; but the experience of the Williwaw itself is not his, accurate as it may be. "The author of Myra Breckinridge describes Army life in the lonely white wastes of an Aleutian outpost-a chronicle of land and sea, and of the bored, sex-starved men who are pushed to a point of explosion as violent as the Arctic storm, the treacherous Williwaw. from the Signet MM backcover.
achievements and defeats, friends and enemies made (and sometimes lost). From encounters with, amongst others, Jack and Jacqueline Kennedy, Tennessee Williams, Eleanor Roosevelt, Orson Welles, Johnny Carson, Francis Ford Coppola to the mournful passing of his longtime partner, Howard Auster, Vidal always steers his narrative with grace and flair.
William Howard ia and from there to the Tiber, then up the river to Rome. Now the trireme lay at anchor within the very sight of the seven hills of Rome. Tiberius was coming home, at the age of seventy-seven. There had been an enormous commotion, of course. All the ships in the harbor at Ostia had rung their bells as Tiberius’ ship approached.
A boat of the army transportation corps fights through the fierce wind of the williwaw, carrying two officers and a chaplain with its crew. Human nature and the elements move the men through their uncertain destiny. This is Gore Vidal's first novel. Written when he was just seventeen and based very strongly on his own traumatic experiences in the US Navy as WW2 reached its end, this is a compelling story of one young man's bravery under fire.
WILLIAM FAULKNER(1897–1962). His first book, a collection of poetry, The Marble Faun, was published at Faulkner’s own expense in 1924. William Cuthbert Faulkner was born in 1897 in New Albany, Mississippi, the first of four sons of Murry and Maud Butler Falkner (he later added the ‘u’ to the family name himself). In 1904 the family moved to the university town of Oxford, Mississippi, where Faulkner was to spend most of his life. The writer Sherwood Anderson, whom he met in New Orleans in 1925, encouraged him to try writing fiction, and his first novel, Soldier’s Pay, was published in 1926. It was followed by Mosquitoes.
A gripping tale of men struggling against nature and themselves, Williwaw was Gore Vidal's first novel, written at nineteen when he was first mate of the . A boat of the Army Transportation Corps fights through the fierce wind of the Williwaw, carrying two officers and a chaplain with its crew.
Gore Vidal, as many have noted, belonged to a singular generation of American literary men - and yes, almost all were men - whose public identities at times eclipsed their literary achievements. The names remain familiar today: James Baldwin, Truman Capote, Norman Mailer, William Styron. Though often at odds with one another, they were alike in many ways. Each was born in the 1920s. Several served in World War II. All were remarkably precocious. Mr. Vidal was 19 when he wrote his first published novel, Williwaw