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United States: Essays 1952-1992 Setting & Symbolism

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Washington, D.C.

Vidal's family home and the focus of some of his early childhood experiences, as well as the locale of some of his political satire, such as An Evening with Richard Nixon. Vidal reflects that the monstrous growth and expansion of the nation's capitol in his lifetime is evidence of the rise of the American Empire.

Los Angeles

Los Angeles is Vidal's most recent residence, and for a while he lived part-time in Italy and part-time in L.A.

New York City

As the hub of book publishing and theater, New York plays an important part in Vidal's life as both novelist and playwright. In his essays, he discusses the closed New York literary community as well as the ephemeral nature of theater.

West Point

Vidal's birthplace, where his father Eugene was the first instructor of aeronautics. West Point and the military elite of America are...

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