Burr: A Novel

Paperback | February 15, 2000

byGore Vidal

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For readers who can’t get enough of the hit Broadway musical Hamilton, Gore Vidal’s stunning novel about Aaron Burr, the man who killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel—and who served as a successful, if often feared, statesman of our fledgling nation.   

Here is an extraordinary portrait of one of the most complicated—and misunderstood—figures among the Founding Fathers. In 1804, while serving as vice president, Aaron Burr fought a duel with his political nemesis, Alexander Hamilton, and killed him. In 1807, he was arrested, tried, and acquitted of treason. In 1833, Burr is newly married, an aging statesman considered a monster by many. But he is determined to tell his own story, and he chooses to confide in a young New York City journalist named Charles Schermerhorn Schuyler. Together, they explore both Burr's past—and the continuing civic drama of their young nation.
 
Burr is the first novel in Gore Vidal's Narratives of Empire series, which spans the history of the United States from the Revolution to post-World War II. With their broad canvas and sprawling cast of fictional and historical characters, these novels present a panorama of American politics and imperialism, as interpreted by one of our most incisive and ironic observers.

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Worldly-wise and ironic observer Gore Vidal`s American Chronicle spans the United States` history from the American Revolution to the Second World War. With a sweeping canvas and an enormous cast of fictional and historical characters, the series delivers an extraordinary panorama of American politics. Every book in the series is a c...

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For readers who can’t get enough of the hit Broadway musical Hamilton, Gore Vidal’s stunning novel about Aaron Burr, the man who killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel—and who served as a successful, if often feared, statesman of our fledgling nation.   Here is an extraordinary portrait of one of the most complicated—and misunderstood—fig...

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Gore Vidal's Narratives of Empire series spans the history of the United States from the Revolution to the post-World War II years. With their broad canvas and large cast of fictional and historical characters, the novels in this series present a panorama of the American political and imperial experience as interpreted by one of its mo...

Gore Vidal is the author of twenty-two novels, five plays, many screenplays and short stories, more than two hundred essays, and a memoir. Two of his American chronicle novels, Lincoln and 1876, were the subject of cover stories in Time and Newsweek, respectively. In 1993, a collection of his criticism, United States: Essays 1952-1992,...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 8 × 5.2 × 0.9 inPublished:February 15, 2000Language:English

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ISBN - 10:0375708731

ISBN - 13:9780375708732

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Worldly-wise and ironic observer Gore Vidal`s American Chronicle spans the United States` history from the American Revolution to the Second World War. With a sweeping canvas and an enormous cast of fictional and historical characters, the series delivers an extraordinary panorama of American politics. Every book in the series is a critically acclaimed best-seller. Burr blends the narrative of journalist Charles Schermerhorn Schuyler with Aaron Burr`s Revolutionary War diaries. This enthralling novel opens Vidal`s history of the United States with an air of intrigue and scandal.  

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"Dazzling. . . . Burr is wicked entertainment of a very high order."--The New York Times Book Review"A tragedy, a comedy, a vibrant, leg-kicking life. . . . All of this and much, much more is told in a highly engaging book that teems with bon mots, aphorisms and ironic comments on the political process. . . . Enlightening, fresh and fun."  --The Boston Globe"A novel of Stendhalian proportions. . . . It is probably impossible to be an American and not be fascinated and impressed by Vidal's telescoping of our early history. . . . Always absorbing." --The New Yorker