Gore Vidal and the Gore Vidal Page--America's famously self-assured, liberal libertarian novelist, essayist, political son, and man of letters. His books' and essays' topics: history, religion, American politics, imperialism, Hollywood, power and the powerful.
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Starting in 1963, Vidal was a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books, which published about three of his review-essays every year, and rejected, as too boring or too contentious, some.
This article originally misstated the publication for which Gore Vidal reviewed a new translation of Montaigne’s essays in the early 1990s. It was the Times Literary Supplement, not The New York.
Vidal was also a focus of the 2015 documentary Best of Enemies and the 2003 American Masters episode, The Education of Gore Vidal. Education features interviews with now-deceased author George Plimpton, historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr., and The New York Review of Books Editor and Publisher Barbara Epstein, as well as author and friend Jay Parini, the executor of Vidal's literary estate.
Gore Vidal wrote his first novel at age 19, while serving in the United States Army, and was acclaimed as one of the most promising young writers to emerge from World War II. He created an international sensation in the late '40s with The City and the Pillar, a novel that shattered the taboo barring frank portrayal of sexuality in American literature.
Gore Vidal's reputation as 'America's finest essayist' is an enduring one. This collection, chosen by the author from 40 years of work, contains about two-thirds of what he published in various magazines and journals. He has divided the essays into three categories, or states.
Eugene Luther Gore Vidal was an American writer, novelist, essayist, screenwriter and playwright. Vidal was born in New York and brought up in California by his Broadway actress mother and army officer father. When he finished college, he went to join the army and became a warrant officer, until he fell ill because of arthritis.