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Gore Vidal
Biography
As a prominent post-WWII novelist, socialite and public figure, Gore Vidal has lived a life of incredible variety. Throughout his career, he has rubbed shoulders and crossed swords with many of the foremost cultural and political figures of our century: from Jack Kennedy to Jack Kerouac, Truman Capote to William F. Buckley.

From his early arrival on the literary scene, Vidal's fascinations with politics, power and public figures have informed his writing. He takes his first name from his maternal grandfather, Thomas Pryor Gore, a populist Senator from Oklahoma for whom neither blindness nor feuds with FDR could prevent a long, distinguished career (Incidentally, T.P. Gore belonged to the same political dynasty into which Al Gore was born). Vidal's best-received historical fictions, like Julian, Burr, and Lincoln, re-imagine the personal and political lives of powerful figures in history. In his essays, he frequently chooses political subjects, as he did with his damaging assessment of Robert Kennedy-for-President in an Esquire article in 1963.

At the same time, Vidal's assets as a writer have made him a dangerous public figure in his own right. His sharp wit has discomposed the unrufflable (William F. Buckley) and the frequently ruffled (Norman Mailer) alike, and did so terrify his congressional campaign opponent J. Ernest Wharton that the latter refused to engage Vidal in debate. Even since he's left his aspirations as a politician behind, Vidal's attraction to controversial political issues continues in his provocative essays and public appearances.

Author biography courtesy of Random House, Inc.

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Chronology
*Williwaw, 1946
*The City and the Pillar and Seven Early Stories, 1948
*Dark Green, Bright Red, 1950
*Death in the Fifth Position (Edgar Box mysteries), 1952
*Death Before Bedtime (Edgar Box mysteries), 1953
*Death Likes It Hot (Edgar Box mysteries), 1954
*Messiah, 1954
*A Thirsty Evil: Seven Short Stories, 1956
*Visit to a Small Planet, 1957
*The Best Man, 1964
*Julian, 1964
*Washington, D.C., 1967
*Myra Breckinridge, 1968
*Homage to Daniel Shays, 1972
*Burr, 1973
*Myron, 1974
*1876, 1976
*Matters of Fact and of Fiction: Essays, 1973-1976, 1977
*Kalki, 1978
*Creation (expanded edition 2002), 1981
*The Decline and Fall of the American Empire, 1981
*The Second American Revolution and Other Essays: 1976-1982, 1982
*Duluth, 1983
*Lincoln, 1984
*Empire, 1987
*At Home: Essays, 1982-1988, 1988
*Hollywood, 1989
*Live from Golgotha: The Gospel according to Gore Vidal, 1992
*Screening History, 1992
*United States: Essays, 1952-1992, 1993
*Palimpsest: A Memoir, 1995
*The Smithsonian Institution, 1998
*Sexually Speaking: Collected Sex Writings, 1999
*The Golden Age, 2000
*The Last Empire: Essays 1992-2000, 2001
*Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace, 2002
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