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GORE VIDAL | October 3, 1925 – July 31, 2012


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“There is something about a bureaucrat that does not like a poem.”
— Gore Vidal

A Gore Vidal Bibliography


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To some, Gore Vidal will be remembered as a superlative writer, essayist, playwright and critic, but to others, he will be known as “an intellectual vaudevillian.”

That’s how Mike Wallace put it back in 1975 after interviewing Vidal for a provocative 60 Minutes profile. The piece is Wallace and Vidal at their best, going head to head on everything from sex to politics to celebrity.

Wallace and the 60 Minutes crew followed Vidal for several weeks, trailing him at parties, at home in Italy, and on the lecture circuit in the United States. The profile, which aired on July 27, 1975, begins in Rome at Vidal’s penthouse apartment, a salon for an assortment of aristocrats, artists, film stars, politicians, and writers. True to form, Vidal is overheard gossiping about literary rival Norman Mailer in the opening shot: “Mailer, I think, is absolutely an atrocious personality … “




NPR’s ‘Fresh Air’ remembers writer and critic Gore Vidal
(Excerpts from two historic Terry Gross interviews)

In Gore Vidal’s New York Times obituary, Charles McGrath described the writer as “the elegant, acerbic all around man of letters who presided with a certain relish over what he declared to be the end of American civilization.” Vidal died Tuesday at the age of 86.

Some of the books Vidal became best known for were historical novels including Burr and Lincoln. As Reed Johnson wrote in the Los Angeles Times, “Vidal’s revisionist outlook struck some critics as brilliant and others as almost gleefully perverse.”   >>>MORE>>>



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