Gore Vidal

Vidal in 2009 Eugene Luther Gore Vidal (; born Eugene Louis Vidal, October 3, 1925 – July 31, 2012) was an American writer and public intellectual known for his patrician manner, epigrammatic wit, and polished style of writing.

Vidal was born to a political family; his maternal grandfather, Thomas Pryor Gore, served as United States senator from Oklahoma (1907–1921 and 1931–1937). He was a Democratic Party politician who twice sought elected office; first to the United States House of Representatives (New York, 1960), then to the U.S. Senate (California, 1982).

As a political commentator and essayist, Vidal's principal subject was the history of the United States and its society, especially how the militaristic foreign policy reduced the country to a decadent empire. His political and cultural essays were published in ''The Nation'', the ''New Statesman'', the ''New York Review of Books'', and ''Esquire'' magazines. As a public intellectual, Gore Vidal's topical debates on sex, politics, and religion with other intellectuals and writers occasionally turned into quarrels with the likes of William F. Buckley Jr. and Norman Mailer. Vidal thought all men and women are potentially bisexual.

As a novelist Vidal explored the nature of corruption in public and private life. His polished and erudite style of narration readily evoked the time and place of his stories, and perceptively delineated the psychology of his characters. His third novel, ''The City and the Pillar'' (1948), offended the literary, political, and moral sensibilities of conservative book reviewers, with a dispassionately presented male homosexual relationship. In the historical novel genre, Vidal re-created in ''Julian'' (1964) the imperial world of Julian the Apostate (r. AD 361–63), the Roman emperor who used general religious toleration to re-establish pagan polytheism to counter the political subversion of Christian monotheism. In the genre of social satire, ''Myra Breckinridge'' (1968) explores the mutability of gender role and sexual orientation as being social constructs established by social mores. In ''Burr'' (1973) and ''Lincoln'' (1984), the protagonist is presented as "A Man of the People" and as "A Man" in a narrative exploration of how the public and private facets of personality affect the national politics of the United States. Provided by Wikipedia
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Published 2009
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by Vidal, Gore, 1925-2012.
Published 2003
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by Vidal, Gore, 1925-2012.
Published 1978
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by Vidal, Gore, 1925-
Published 1997
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by Vidal, Gore, 1925-2012.
Published 1970
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by Vidal, Gore, 1925-
Published 1979
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by Vidal, Gore, 1925-2012.
Published 1982
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by Vidal, Gore, 1925-
Published 1974
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by Vidal, Gore, 1925-
Published 1947
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by Vidal, Gore, 1925-2012.
Published 2001
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by Vidal, Gore, 1925-
Published 1998
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by Vidal, Gore, 1925-
Published 2001
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by Vidal, Gore, 1925-
Published 2000
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by Vidal, Gore, 1925-2012.
Published 1998
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by Vidal, Gore, 1925-2012.
Published 1949
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by Vidal, Gore, 1925-
Published 1959
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by Vidal, Gore, 1925-
Published 1999
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by Vidal, Gore, 1925-
Published 1964
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by Vidal, Gore, 1925-
Published 2003
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