Every Time A Friend Succeeds Something Inside Me Dies: The Life Of Gore Vidal

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0120151109By Jay Parini. Biography of the American writer and cultural commentator.
012015110920151110 (R4)By Jay Parini. Biography of the American writer and cultural commentator.
012015110920151110 (R4)The authorised behind-the-scenes biography of one of America's great and most under-rated man of letters, the cosmopolitan and wickedly satirical Vidal, from a devoted yet candid old friend.

In Episode 1, the author Jay Parini recalls his first encounter with Gore and describes a privileged, lonely childhood and the birth of the political, social and sexual interests that would last a lifetime.

Written by Jay Parini

Read by Toby Jones

Abridged by Eileen Horne

Produced and directed by Clive Brill

A Brill production for BBC Radio 4.

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022015111020151111 (R4)Gore goes to war and emerges with his first novel, establishing himself with the literati.
0220151110The authorised behind-the-scenes biography of one of America's great and most under-rated man of letters, the cosmopolitan and wickedly satirical Vidal, from a devoted yet candid old friend.

In Episode 1, the author Jay Parini recalls his first encounter with Gore and describes a privileged, lonely childhood and the birth of the political, social and sexual interests that would last a lifetime.

Written by Jay Parini

Read by Toby Jones

Abridged by Eileen Horne

Produced and directed by Clive Brill

A Brill production for BBC Radio 4.

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032015111120151112 (R4)Lacklustre reviews of The City and The Pillar send Gore in retreat to Europe.
0320151111The authorised behind-the-scenes biography of one of America's great and most under-rated man of letters, the cosmopolitan and wickedly satirical Vidal, from a devoted yet candid old friend.

In Episode 3, despite commercial success, lacklustre reviews of The City and The Pillar send Gore in retreat to Europe where he meets Tennessee Williams - soon to become his great friend.

Written by Jay Parini

Read by Toby Jones

Abridged by Eileen Horne

Produced and directed by Clive Brill

A Brill production for BBC Radio 4.

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042015111220151113 (R4)Gore begins writing for the small screen and becomes a star turn at churning out TV drama.
0420151112The authorised behind-the-scenes biography of one of America's great and most under-rated man of letters, the cosmopolitan and wickedly satirical Vidal, from a devoted yet candid old friend.

In Episode 4, Gore turns to writing for the small screen and becomes a star turn at churning out TV drama. Meanwhile, his novels continue to flow but his political ambitions are thwarted.

Written by Jay Parini

Read by Toby Jones

Abridged by Eileen Horne

Produced and directed by Clive Brill

A Brill production for BBC Radio 4.

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052015111320151114 (R4)Gore finds his largest audience yet, with his groundbreaking novel Myra Breckinridge.
0520151113The authorised behind-the-scenes biography of one of America's great and most under-rated man of letters, the cosmopolitan and wickedly satirical Vidal, from a devoted yet candid old friend.

In Episode 5, Gore finds his largest audience yet, with his ground-breaking novel Myra Breckinridge. He leaves the US and establishes a life in Italy in his dream home on the Amalfi Coast.

Written by Jay Parini

Read by Toby Jones

Abridged by Eileen Horne

Produced and directed by Clive Brill

A Brill production for BBC Radio 4.