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1876 (1976) [Novel]
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Series: American Chronicles
Part: 3

Summary (From the publisher):

1876 chronicles the political scandals and dark intrigues that rocked the United States in its centennial year. Charles Schermerhorn Schuyler, Aaron Burr's unacknowledged son, returns to a flamboyant America after his long, self-imposed European exile. The narrator of Burr has come home to recoup a lost fortune by arranging a suitable marriage for his beautiful daughter, the widowed Princess d'Agrigente, and by ingratiating himself with Samuel Tilden, the favored presidential candidate in the centennial year. With these ambitions and with their own abundant charms, Schuyler and his daughter soon find themselves at the centers of American social and political power at a time when the fading ideals of the young republic were being replaced by the excitement of empire.

Original title: 1876
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionHistoricalNorth AmericaNineteenth Century

Edition #1: 1876

1876 (1976)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "Wickedly wise, savagely funny... Vidal picked a vintage year with which to resume his account of the poisoning of the republic." The Atlantic Monthly
  • "Crackles with life—high and low... renders the sights and sounds of New York City a century ago unforgettably..." The New York Sunday News
  • "Malicious wit, irresistible gossip, and sturdy research... Vidal ha no peers at breathing movement and laughter into the historical past." Time Magazine
  • "The Bicentennial reader will have as clear picture of the year 1876—and of the election campaign—from this book as he would be likely to get from the pages of actual history. And certainly more entertainment... clearly one of his brightest works." Cleveland Plain Dealer
  • "Suspenseful and extravagantly decorated... If you think politics are dirty now, you should have witnessed the goings-on a hundred years ago... impossible to resist." Cosmopolitan
  • "Prickly, droll, patrician and wonderfully funny... This is history as few novelists could pull it off... an exhilarating feat of storytelling." Publishers Weekly
  • "Superb... simply splendid... A thoroughly grand book—must, must reading for everyone." Business Week
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Manifested in:

1876 (February 15, 2000)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage Books
ISBN: 0375708723
Pages: 384

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