Gore Vidal

(1925-2012 / West Point, New York)

Gore Vidal
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Eugene Luther Gore Vidal (born Eugene Louis Vidal, October 3, 1925 – July 31, 2012) was an American writer known for his essays, novels, screenplays, and Broadway plays. He was also known for his patrician manner, Transatlantic accent, and witty aphorisms. Vidal came from a distinguished political lineage; his grandfather was the U.S. Senator Thomas Gore of Oklahoma.

Vidal was a lifelong Democrat; he ran for political office twice and was a longtime political commentator. As well known for his essays as his novels, Vidal wrote for The Nation, the New Yorker, the New York Review of Books and Esquire. Through his essays and media appearances, Vidal was a longtime critic of American ... more »

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  • ''Many writers who choose to be active in the world lose not virtue but time, and that stillness without which literature cannot be made.''
    Gore Vidal (b. 1925), U.S. novelist, critic. Réalités (Aug. 1966). "That is sad," Vidal added, "until one recalls how many bad books the world may...
  • ''There is something about a bureaucrat that does not like a poem.''
    Gore Vidal (b. 1925), U.S. novelist, critic. Sex, Death and Money, preface (1968).
  • ''There is no such thing as a homosexual or a heterosexual person. There are only homo- or heterosexual acts. Most people are a mixture of impulses if not practices.''
    Gore Vidal (b. 1925), U.S. novelist, critic. "Tennessee Williams: Someone to Laugh at the Squares With," sct. 1, Armageddon? Essays 1983-1987 (1987).
  • ''On September 16, 1985, when the Commerce Department announced that the United States had become a debtor nation, the American Empire died.''
    Gore Vidal (b. 1925), U.S. novelist, critic. "The Day the American Empire Ran Out of Gas," Armageddon? Essays 1983-1987 (1987).
  • Now the long-feared Asiatic colossus takes its turn as world leader, and we—the white race—have become the yellow man's burden. Let us hope that he will treat us more kindly than we treated ...
    Gore Vidal (b. 1925), U.S. novelist, critic. "The Day the American Empire Ran Out of Gas," Armageddon? Essays 1983-1987 (1987).
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