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Author photo. Gore Vidal at the Union Square Barnes & Noble to be interviewed by Leonard Lopate to discuss his life and his photographic memoir, Gore Vidal: Snapshots in History's Glare by David Shankbone

Gore Vidal at the Union Square Barnes & Noble to be interviewed by Leonard Lopate to discuss his life and his photographic memoir, Gore Vidal: Snapshots in History's Glare by David Shankbone

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Gore Vidal was born Eugene Luther Gore Vidal Jr. on October 3, 1925 at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York. He did not go to college but attended St. Albans School in Washington and graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire in 1943. He enlisted in the Army, where he became first mate on a freight supply ship in the Aleutian Islands. His first novel, Williwaw, was published in 1946 when he was twenty-one years old and working as an associate editor at the publishing company E. P. Dutton. The City and the Pillar was about a handsome, athletic young Virginia man who gradually discovers that he is homosexual, which caused controversy in the publishing world. The New York Times refused to advertise the novel and gave a negative review of it and future novels. He had such trouble getting subsequent novels reviewed that he turned to writing mysteries under the pseudonym Edgar Box and then gave up novel-writing altogether for a time. Once he moved to Hollywood, he wrote television dramas, screenplays, and plays. His films included I Accuse, Suddenly Last Summer with Tennessee Williams, Is Paris Burning? with Francis Ford Coppola, and Ben-Hur. His most successful play was The Best Man, which he also adapted into a film. He started writing novels again in the 1960's including Julian, Washington, D.C., Myra Breckenridge, Burr, Myron, 1876, Lincoln, Hollywood, Live From Golgotha: The Gospel According to Gore Vidal, and The Golden Age. He also published two collections of essays entitled The Second American Revolution, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism in 1982 and United States: Essays 1952-1992. In 2009, he received the National Book Awards lifetime achievement award. He died from complications of pneumonia on July 31, 2012 at the age of 86. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Lincoln 2,391 copies, 38 reviews
Burr 2,171 copies, 50 reviews
Julian 1,687 copies, 31 reviews
Creation 1,422 copies, 23 reviews
Empire 1,169 copies, 11 reviews
1876 1,164 copies, 16 reviews
Palimpsest: A Memoir 1,005 copies, 14 reviews
Myra Breckinridge 881 copies, 24 reviews
Washington, D.C. 822 copies, 10 reviews
Hollywood 766 copies, 9 reviews
Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace 690 copies, 7 reviews
The Golden Age 681 copies, 10 reviews
United States: Essays 1952-1992 667 copies, 8 reviews
Kalki 579 copies, 10 reviews
Messiah 452 copies, 8 reviews
Myra Breckinridge [and] Myron 435 copies, 4 reviews
The Smithsonian Institution 412 copies, 3 reviews
The Last Empire: Essays 1992-2000 375 copies, 4 reviews
Duluth 370 copies, 8 reviews
Myron 242 copies, 6 reviews
The Judgment of Paris 214 copies, 6 reviews
The Selected Essays of Gore Vidal 189 copies, 3 reviews
The City and the Pillar 182 copies, 1 review
A Search for the King 178 copies, 3 reviews
At Home: Essays 1982-1988 164 copies, 1 review
Williwaw 161 copies, 7 reviews
Two Sisters 145 copies, 3 reviews
Death in the Fifth Position (Author) 144 copies, 4 reviews
A Thirsty Evil 131 copies, 2 reviews
The City and the Pillar {revised} 126 copies, 3 reviews
Screening History 121 copies, 1 review
Death Likes It Hot 103 copies, 3 reviews
Death Before Bedtime 98 copies, 4 reviews
Vidal in Venice 89 copies
The Best Man [Play] 81 copies, 2 reviews
Visit to a Small Planet 78 copies, 2 reviews
Deadly Sins (Contributor) 77 copies
Dark Green, Bright Red 76 copies, 2 reviews
An Evening with Richard Nixon 66 copies, 1 review
Virgin Islands 64 copies
Armageddon? Essays 1983-1987 62 copies, 1 review
Suddenly, Last Summer [1959 film] (Screenwriter) 58 copies, 4 reviews
In a Yellow Wood 52 copies, 1 review
Best Television Plays 41 copies, 1 review
Rocking the boat 27 copies, 1 review
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Cry Shame! 8 copies
The Sicilian [1987 film] (Writer) 7 copies
Creación I 7 copies
Creación II 7 copies
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Three Plays 2 copies
Hükümdar 1 copy
The Robin {short story} 1 copy, 1 review
Novel, A 1 copy
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Tarzan of the Apes (Introduction, some editions) 4,380 copies, 108 reviews
The Golden Bowl (Foreword, some editions; Introduction, some editions) 2,481 copies, 23 reviews
The Art of the Personal Essay (Contributor) 1,227 copies, 8 reviews
Collected Stories (Introduction, some editions) 462 copies, 3 reviews
The Faber Book of Gay Short Fiction (Contributor) 304 copies
Gattaca [1997 film] (Actor) 297 copies, 8 reviews
The Best American Essays 2002 (Contributor) 208 copies, 1 review
Out of This Century: Confessions of an Art Addict (Foreword, some editions) 198 copies, 2 reviews
Atheism: A Reader (Contributor) 172 copies, 3 reviews
Into the Buzzsaw: Leading Journalists Expose the Myth of a Free Press (Foreword, some editions) 163 copies, 3 reviews
Selected Speeches and Writings (Introduction) 156 copies
XXX: 30 Porn-Star Portraits (Introduction) 148 copies
Granta 32: History (Contributor) 140 copies, 2 reviews
The Best American Essays 1992 (Contributor) 119 copies
The Christopher Street reader (Contributor) 112 copies
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Where Joy Resides: A Christopher Isherwood Reader (Introduction) 72 copies, 1 review
India in Mind (Contributor) 71 copies, 2 reviews
All Trivia: A Collection of Reflections & Aphorisms (Foreword, some editions) 64 copies, 1 review
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10 Short Plays (Contributor) 45 copies
Best American Plays: Fifth Series, 1957-1963 (Contributor) 37 copies, 1 review
The Signet Book of Short Plays (Contributor) 27 copies
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Gore Vidal has 2 media appearances.

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Gore Vidal
On Point, Sunday, March 2, 2003 at 0am
Gore Vidal discusses Dreaming War: Blood for Oil and the Cheney-Bush Junta.

Lucid, insightful and razor-sharp, Gore Vidal has been taking on the American Empire for nearly half a century. As war with Iraq looms, the legendary author and essayist is in high dudgeon. A night with the prolific, ever-engaging, and right now angry, Gore Vidal. (Shortride)
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30
Gore Vidal
Studio 360, Friday, October 30, 2009 at 0am
Gore Vidal discusses Gore Vidal: Snapshots in History's Glare .

If anyone's life is worth recounting, it's Gore Vidal's. The celebrated writer not only made his mark on literature over the past six decades, he also had a front row seat to history. His father romanced Amelia Earhart; he feuded with Eleanor Roosevelt and William F. Buckley among many others; and he went shooting with John F. Kennedy. Kurt finds out that despite working on this chronicle of his life, Gore Vidal isn't thinking about posterity. (Shortride)… (more)

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