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United States: Essays 1952-1992 - Study Guide "Writers and the World" (1965) Summary & Analysis

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Vidal's essay "Writers and the World" was prompted by the fact that the entertainment newspaper Variety had begun reviewing writers who appeared on television "in precisely the same terms that they review comedians and singers." Whereas in earlier times it took a generation for poet Carl Sandberg to become a national figure, thanks to new electronic media fame is now an overnight phenomenon. "Talking writers," as Vidal describes them, became familiar staples of TV when producers found that movie stars needed a script to follow and politicians couldn't be counted on to allow equal time for opposing points of view. Thus the dilemma of the public artist: when does a "talking writer" actually write?

Although most writers would say that public appearances and media exposure are good...

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