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United States: Essays 1952-1992 Setting & Symbolism

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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 examined in a Vidal essay in light of the self-perpetuating military-industrial complex. Vidal favors elimination of the service academies, such as West Point.

Oz

The setting for the series of children's books by L Frank Baum that Vidal loved as a child; also a symbol for the imagination and the threats some adults perceive in any kind of...

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