Gore Vidal, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death

    

Gore Vidal

American writer

Date of Birth: 03-Oct-1925

Place of Birth: West Point, New York, United States

Date of Death: 31-Jul-2012

Profession: screenwriter, actor, writer, politician, playwright, journalist, literary critic, novelist, essayist, non-fiction writer, science fiction writer

Nationality: United States

Zodiac Sign: Libra


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About Gore Vidal

  • Eugene Luther Gore Vidal (; born Eugene Louis Vidal, October 3, 1925 – July 31, 2012) was an American writer and public intellectual known for his epigrammatic wit, patrician manner, and polished style of writing.Vidal was born into a political family; his maternal grandfather, Thomas Pryor Gore, served as United States senator from Oklahoma (1907–1921 and 1931–1937).
  • Vidal himself 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, the plot being about a dispassionately presented male homosexual relationship.
  • In the historical novel genre, Vidal re-created the imperial world of Julian the Apostate (r.
  • AD 361–63) in Julian (1964).
  • Julian was the Roman emperor who used general religious toleration to re-establish pagan polytheism to counter the political subversion of Christian monotheism.
  • In 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.

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