Washington, D.C. (novel)

Washington, D.C. is a 1967 novel by Gore Vidal. The sixth novel in his Narratives of Empire series of historical novels (although the first one published), it begins in 1937 and continues into the Cold War, tracing the families of Senator James Burden Day and influential newspaper publisher Blaise Sanford.

Washington, D.C.
Cover of the first edition
AuthorGore Vidal
CountryUnited States
SeriesNarratives of Empire
GenreHistorical novel
PublisherLittle, Brown
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardback & Paperback)
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LC ClassPS3543.I26 W3 2000
Preceded byHollywood 
Followed byThe Golden Age 

This book is the least historical and most novelistic of any of the seven books. The Golden Age, the seventh book in the series, takes place during nearly the same span of years with many of the same characters, and needed to be written around the events of Washington D.C.

The novel is written in the third person and is inspired by the novels of Henry James.[1]


  1. Clarke, Interviewed by Gerald (6 December 1974). "Gore Vidal, The Art of Fiction No. 50" via www.theparisreview.org.

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