About the Author
Gore Vidal (1925-2012) was an American writer and public intellectual. Born into a political dynasty, he twice sought elected office. He began his literary career in 1946 with the publication of his novel Williwaw but did not achieve notoriety until he published his third book The City and The Pillar which cause a minor scandal for its depiction of homosexuality. Though he was a rather prolific writer he is best known for his works of historical fiction including Julian, Myra Breckinridge, Burr, and Lincoln. His feuds with other authors particularly Norman Mailer were well documented. He was preceded in death by his partner of 53 years Howard Austen in 2003.
Hometown:La Rondinaia, a villa in Ravello, Italy; and Los Angeles, California
Date of Birth:October 3, 1925
Place of Birth:West Point, New York
Education:Attended St. Albans. Graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy, 1943. No college.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A perfect union of great story, tight, compact prose and truly biting humor; a real page-turner. The novel is a true wonder; simultaneously unfolding on the level of high camp at times while addressing social values.
I read the City and the Pillar and thought it was great, these two books I found to be a little strange. Myra is just crazy and Myron needs professional help. The Myron book is almost like Jaqueline Susann meets Stranger in a Strange Land. Requires an open mind and a tolerance for irrelevant explicit material to get through this one.