In Memory of Gore Vidal | AnOther
Tuesday the brilliantly witty, ever-acerbic writer Gore Vidal, whose prolific output includes 25 novels, countless essays and two memoirs, as well as a number of plays, screenplays and television dramas, passed away. Arguably the last of his applaude
d American generation, Vidal died following complications from pneumonia at his home in Los Angeles, aged 86.
Known for his Wildean one-liners and cutting pronouncements on modern-day America and its politics, Vidal shot to fame with his third novel The City and the Pillar, one of the first books to openly feature homosexuality. Vidal said of the book: “I sold a million copies and it caused much distress at the New York Times.” This response was typical of Vidal’s glee in provocation and subversion; he spent much of his career engaged in public spats with contemporaries, once likening Norman Mailer to the killer Charles Manson.