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Charles Schuyler, the narrator of Burr, returns to the United States after an absence of nearly 40 years, with his widowed daughter, Emma, in tow. While they try to find a suitably rich husband for Emma among the New York social set, Charles concentrates on the scandals in Washington--including accusations of corruption and obstruction of justice against Ulysses S. Grant--and the presidential race between Rutherford B. Hayes and Democrat Samuel Tilden (Tilden apparently, in fact, won the election, only to have it taken away because of electoral fraud). Cameo appearances by Chester A. Arthur, Mark Twain, Charles Nordhoff, and others enliven the proceedings. --Ron Hogan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Recommended for fans of history/historical fiction.
Although the setting of the book is 1876, and the main narrator is Charles Schuyler, Vidal is clearly providing his critique of modern America.
I found the characters to be fairly one dimensional and, in the end, not that interesting (unlike the characters in Burr.)
This book was interesting because of its cynicism -- Vidal was writing about 1876 and the corruption of American politics but it really felt like a critique of his own times. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jerry Borrowman
I first read this book, set in our country's centennial year, when it came out in time for our bicentennial in 1976. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Curtis Arluck
Good book. Not sure how much liberty the writer took with the facts in
a historical novel.
I thought Lincoln and Burr were terrific novels and would highly recommend them. 1876, for me, simply did not measure up. Read morePublished 9 months ago by APK
I was torn with this book. The details, characterizations, the intimate knowledge of the period were mesmerizing. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Cian Beirdd
I couldn't get through this book because I found the characters uninteresting. Unlike Myra Breckenridge, which I couldn't put down and finished in two days. Read morePublished on October 6, 2012 by Hannah
For the Bicentennial, Gore Vidal very cleverly set upon the idea of writing not about 1776 but about 1876, the year of the (somewhat underplayed) Centennial celebrations in... Read morePublished on August 4, 2012 by Jay Dickson
This witty historical novel by the late Gore Vidal is centered around the disputed presidential election between the Democratic candidate Tilden and the Republican candidate Hayes. Read morePublished on January 18, 2012 by C. Griffith