Parini, who was a friend of Vidal’s, will release the book through Doubleday.
Doubleday executive editor and vice president Gerald Howard told the New York Times that Parini’s 30-odd-year friendship with Vidal would deeply inform the book and that Parini and Vidal had talked at least weekly, if not more often, for the past decades.
“He knows a lot about Gore that he’s heard directly from the source, and that’s certainly one of the major things that’s going to inform the biography, this intimate acquaintance that they had,” Howard said.
Parini was the editor for the book “Gore Vidal: Against the Grain,” an essay collection about the writer published in 1992, and has taken on other literary titans including William Faulkner and John Steinbeck in his biographies. He is also a professor at Middlebury College and the author of the 1990 novel "The Last Station" about the tumultuous late years of the life of Leo Tolstoy.