- 1876 (novel)
infobox Book |
name = 1876
language = English
Narratives of Empire
media_type = Print (
pages = 364 pp
isbn = ISBN 0394497503
preceded_by = Lincoln
followed_by = Empire
Gore Vidal's "1876" is the third historical novel in his Narratives of Empireseries. It was published in 1976and details the events of a year described by Vidal himself as "probably the low point in our republic's history."
1876the U.S. presidential election was a close run contest between the Democratic candidate, Samuel J. Tilden, and the Republican Rutherford Hayes. Tilden won the popular vote, but there was a dispute over the results in four states, including Florida. In Florida the Republican leaders of the State initially reported a victory for Tilden, before deciding that in fact Hayes had won. Vidal builds up to this historic crisis through the activities of a mixed cast of historical and fictional characters, some of the latter having previously appeared in "Burr", or having descended from characters in that novel.
In Popular Culture
*Gore Vidal guest starred in "
The Simpsons" episode " Moe'N'a Lisa". He states that the title for "1876" came from "the price he paid for gas once".
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