1876: A Novel

1876: A Novel

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The third volume of Gore Vidal's magnificent series of historical novels aimed at demythologizing the American past, 1876 chronicles the political scandals and dark intrigues that rocked the United States in its centennial year.

Charles Schermerhorn Schuyler, Aaron Burr's unacknowledged son, returns to a flamboyant America after his long, self-imposed European exile. The narrator of Burr has come home to recoup a lost fortune by arranging a suitable marriage for his beautiful daughter, the widowed Princess d'Agrigente, and by ingratiating himself with Samuel Tilden, the favored presidential candidate in the centennial year. With these ambitions and with their own abundant charms, Schuyler and his daughter soon find themselves at the centers of American social and political power at a time when the fading ideals of the young republic were being replaced by the excitement of empire.

"A glorious piece of writing," said Jimmy Breslin in Harper's. "Vidal can take history and make it powerful and astonishing." Time concurred: "Vidal has no peers at breathing movement and laughter into the historical past."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781543696639
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 08/06/2019
Series: Narratives of Empire Series , #3
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 5.50(h) x 1.12(d)

About the Author

Gore Vidal (1925–2012) was born at the United States Military Academy at West Point. His first novel, Williwaw, written when he was 19 years old and serving in the army, appeared in the spring of 1946. He wrote 23 novels, five plays, many screenplays, short stories, well over 200 essays, and a memoir.


La Rondinaia, a villa in Ravello, Italy; and Los Angeles, California

Date of Birth:

October 3, 1925

Place of Birth:

West Point, New York


Attended St. Albans. Graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy, 1943. No college.

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1876 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
ostrom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I remember liking this one more that Vidal's Burr when I read them in the same month. Vidal's Lincoln is still my favorite of his.
minnesotan More than 1 year ago
simply boring.
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Being a rabid fan of Vidal's essays, I've long avoided his fiction, out of the fear that it wouldn't be as interesting as 'real' events. But '1876' is written in an absolutely clear and involving style. It makes the Ulysses S. Grant period very vivid, in a way that no essay could. There are many sly and subtle appearances by figures such as Chester A. Arthur and Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) that can be appreciated by history buffs and casual readers alike. I especially enjoyed the novel's sympathetic portrayal of Sam Tilden, the narrator's (hopeful) beneficiary. As the old tagline goes, 'highly recommended.'