Gore Vidal's reputation as America's finest essayist is an enduring
one. This collection, chosen by the author from 40 years of work,
contains about two-thirds of what he published in various magazines
and journals. He has divided the essays into three categories, or
states. State of the art covers literature, including novelists and
critics, bestsellers, pieces on Henry James, Oscar Wilde,
Suetonius, Nabakov and Montaigne (a previosly uncollected... more...