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United States: Essays 1952-1992 Characters & Character Analysis

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Paul Bowles

An American short storywriter and composer whom Vidal admires and considers under-appreciated.

Abraham Lincoln

The Civil War president who figures prominently in several Vidal essays, as well as the subject of the historical novel that bears his name. Vidal feels that Lincoln, with his idealism and contradictions, embodies something uniquely American.

Ulysses S. Grant

The Reconstruction American president who wrote his memoirs while dying of cancer, so as to leave an inheritance to take care of his beloved wife. Grant turns out to be a fairly good writer, according to Vidal, and wise as he observes that the Civil War was America's punishment for the Spanish-American War.

H.L. Mencken

A cigar-chomping, beer-loving German-American journalist from Baltimore who wrote pungent political analysis and coined the term "the booboisie."

President John F. Kennedy

Through his mother's second marriage to Hugh Auchincloss, a relative of Jacqueline...

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