Gore Vidal biography will be released in 2015(Read article summary)
Vidal's close friend, author and academic Jay Parini, will write the biography.
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Parini, who was a friend of Vidalâ€™s, will release the book through Doubleday.
Doubleday executive editor and vice president Gerald Howard told the New York Times that Pariniâ€™s 30-odd-year friendship with Vidal would deeply inform the book and that Parini and Vidal had talked at least weekly, if not more often, for the past decades.
â€śHe knows a lot about Gore that heâ€™s heard directly from the source, and thatâ€™s certainly one of the major things thatâ€™s going to inform the biography, this intimate acquaintance that they had,â€ť Howard said.
Parini was the editor for the book â€śGore Vidal: Against the Grain,â€ť an essay collection about the writer published in 1992, and has taken on other literary titans including William Faulkner and John Steinbeck in his biographies. He is also a professor at Middlebury College and the author of the 1990 novel "The Last Station" about the tumultuous late years of the life of Leo Tolstoy.