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This essay is one of the few in this collection in which Vidal strikes an unabashedly positive note. Thrilled at the prospect of writing plays for live television broadcast, Vidal says: "All things considered, I suspect that the Golden Age for the dramatist is at hand. There is so much air to be illustrated, so many eyes watching, so much money to be spent, so many fine technicians and interpreters at one's command, that the playwright cannot but thrive." This contrasts dramatically with Vidal's sentiments of several decades later when he deplores in essays the cultural and intellectual sinkhole that TV has become.

Vidal admits that he was reluctant at first to venture into the world of television, preferring the novel where the author could be in complete control of the world "...

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