Inscribed by Vidal 1995 Random House, New York
Quarto. Pictorial boards; FINE in NEAR FINE transparent vellum dust jacket. Inscribed by Vidal on the title page. 435pp. w/ b&w photos, indexed.“I am not my own subject,” Gore Vidal used to say. But now, surprisingly, he has turned his wit and elegant storytelling gifts to a candid memoir of the first forty years of his life. Palimpsest is written from the vantage point of Vidal’s library in his villa on the Italian coast. As visitors come and go, his memory ranges back and forth across a rich history. Vidal’s famous skills as a raconteur, his forthrightness, and his wicked wit are brilliantly at work in these recollections of a difficult family, talented friends, and interesting enemies.