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Gore Vidal's Choice of the 5 Best Post-War Novels

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Image from a quicklink Including what Gore believes is "THE New York Novel":
The Golden Spur by Dawn Powell

Readers are now finding Powell's wonderfully tough novels, and in this late one (1962), she re-creates the golden age of Manhattan, as a young man from the hinterlands comes to town to find the allegedly famous man who got his mother pregnant. This is probably the New York novel -- "Greenwich Village Transfer," you might say -- and wildly funny, funny with a true wit's wildness.

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