Empire (1987 novel)

Empire (1987 novel)

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author = Gore Vidal
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country = United States
language = English
series = Narratives of Empire
genre = Historical novel
publisher = Vintage
release_date = 1987
english_release_date = 1987
media_type = Print (Hardback & Paperback)
pages = 496 pp
isbn = ISBN 037570874
preceded_by = 1876 (novel)
followed_by = Hollywood

"Empire" is the fourth historical novel in the "Narratives of Empire" series by Gore Vidal, published in 1987.

The novel concerns the fictional newspaper dynasty of half-sibling characters Caroline and Blaise Sanford. Playing these characters against real-life figures of the years 1898 to 1907, the novel portrays the conjunction of government and mass media in the creation of modern-day America. As with Vidal's other books in his "Narratives of Empire" series, this novel offers an insight into the journalism of the time, following the exploits of William Randolph Hearst in his efforts to displace Theodore Roosevelt as President in 1904. Following the events leading up to and following the ascension of Theodore Roosevelt to the Presidency, it includes portraits of such leading public figures of the day as Roosevelt, Hearst, Henry Brooks Adams, Henry James, Secretary of State John Hay and President William McKinley.

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