The Way We Lived Then, Ex Libris Gore Vidal
[Ex Libris Gore Vidal] Dunne, Dominick. The Way We Lived Then, Recollections of a Well-Known Name Dropper. First Edition. 1999. Book and dust jacket are both in very good condition. Book is stamped “From the library of GORE VIDAL” on the page following the flyleaf.
Dominick Dunne achieved worldwide fame when he returned to Manhattan and chronicled the criminal acts of the rich and famous for Vanity Fair. However, his life in Hollywood that preceded it was equally compelling—and, quite remarkably, even more glamorous. When he lived in California, Dunne might not have been the most successful producer, but he and his lovely wife Lenny gave the best parties in town. They knew everyone and went everywhere. He captures it all in this marvelous scrapbook of photos and recollections. Gore Vidal, who owned this copy, appears in the book. A young Dunne was Vidal's guest at a vacation home in Central America, along with Anaïs Nin, with whom they both had sexual relations (in the case of Dunne, one tryst).
"Gore and Jackie [Kennedy] were great friends ... and semi-related... Gore introduced me to her. It was my first meeting with the extraordinary Mrs. Kennedy."