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Publication of The Myth Makers, a collection of literary essays by writer/critic V.S. Pritchett, affords Vidal an opportunity to evaluate his work and to praise him as a global literary treasure, a standard-bearer of taste and literacy in English literature. Vidal reminds his readers that Pritchett praised literary masters "great and small, remembered or neglected [as] the freshest, the most original, the most importunate and living novelists of their time." These stand out from the merely second rate who "are rarely of their time. They are not on the tip of the wave. They are born out of date and out of touch and are rooted not in life but in literary convention."

As if to second Pritchett, Vidal takes a swipe at "busy teachers of...

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