|Burr (1973) [Novel]|
by Gore Vidal
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Series: American Chronicles
A historical novel about the life and times, in retrospective, of the infamous Aaron Burr, the rogue Revolutionary War hero who killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel, was tried for treason and served as vice-president under Jefferson.
The story is recounted to Charles Schuyler, Burr's legal assistant as he enters his dotage in New York City in the early nineteenth century, a small city of vice and intrigue. Schuyler is retained by Burr's political enemies to discredit the presidential candidate, Martin van Buren, by proving that he is, in fact, Burr's illegitimate son. In the process, Burr manages to set down his version of the early history of the United States: the overweight incompetency of Washington; the arrogance of Hamilton; the slave-owning Jefferson.
Serving as the first in the American Chronicles series, Burr was in fact the second book to be written (Washington, DC, the last of the series until 2001's "The Golden Age", was actually the first.)
Original title: Burr
Genre: Fiction→ Historical→ North America→ Nineteenth Century
- Dedication: "FOR MY NEPHEWS Ivan, Hugh and Burr"