Gore Vidal (born October 3, 1925; pronounced /ˌgɔər vɪˈdɑːl/ or /vɪˈdæl/) is an American author of novels, stage plays, screenplays, and essays, and an erstwhile political candidate. He is an outspoken member of the American political Establishment, and a noted wit and social critic who wrote the ground-breaking The City and the Pillar (1948) that outraged mainstream critics as the first major American novel to feature unambiguous homosexuality … (full text).
He says: ” … “Whenever a friend succeeds, a little something in me dies” … and: “(Lying is) the one thing I hate most on this earth. Which is why I do not have a friendly time with journalists” … (find many more dialogues in this text).
His latest book: selected essays of Gore Vidal, June 18, 2008.
Author Gore Vidal will speak with Jay Parini, author and Vidal’s literary executor, on Tuesday, June 24, 2008, at the Writers Guild Theater as a part of TOWN HALL’s ongoing Writers Bloc series … (full text, June 12, 2008).
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N.Y. Times Magazine Publishes Charge That McCain’s a Phony POW, June 16, 2008.
… “Gore Vidal is America’s premier man of letters,” proclaims Jay Parini, himself a poet, novelist, critic, and biographer. Parini is also an editor, and his pronouncement constitutes the opening sentence of his introduction to a volume of vintage Vidal. If “man of letters” sounds too much like postmaster general, the collection at least confirms Vidal’s preeminence as virtuoso of the essay. He is also a redoubtable novelist, playwright, screenwriter, and memoirist … (full text, June 18, 2008).
He was born Eugene Luther Gore Vidal in West Point, New York, the only child of Eugene Luther Vidal Sr. (1895â€”1969) and the former Nina S. Gore (1903â€”1978). His birth took place at the Cadet Hospital of the United States Military Academy, where his father was the school’s first aeronautics instructor, and he was christened by the headmaster of St. Albans, the preparatory school he would attend in his youth. His second middle name honors his maternal grandfather, Thomas P. Gore, Democratic senator from Oklahoma … (full text, June 16, 2008).
Spacey adds Shrink to packed schedule, June 17, 2008.
… In an interview for this Sunday’s edition of The New York Times Magazine, famed novelist/essayist Gore Vidal appears to question Sen. John McCain’s account of being imprisoned by the North Vietnamese during the Vietnam war. Asked what he thinks of McCain, Vidal calls him a “disaster,” then tells Deborah Solomon, “Who started this rumor that he was a war hero? Where does that come from, aside from himself? About his suffering in the prison war camp?” … (full text, June 12, 2008).
Gore Vidal blows the lid off McCain’s Vietnam captivity, June 15, 2008.
… Vidal’s first book, Williwaw, a war novel, was well received in 1946. But it was his third, The City And The Pillar, an openly homosexual novel, published two years later (dedicated “To JT”) that influenced his life most profoundly. Vidal has consistently argued that the term “homosexual” has no validity, because human sexuality is too complex and diverse to be reduced to binary terms. This was a nuance lost on publications such as The New York Times, which refused to review his next five novels. He retains a special contempt for the paper, “which never found a well it could not poison” … (full text).
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Faut-il se sentir misanthrope pour être un intellectuel aujourd’hui ? Peut-on décrypter un monde envers lequel on éprouverait de la complaisance et de la sympathie ? Le romancier et essayiste américain Gore Vidal laisse plutôt penser que non. Ce cousin éloigné d’Al Gore, qui avait fait scancale avec The City and the Pillar en 1948 (premier roman américain à mettre en scène des personnages homosexuels), est également connu pour ses positions anti-impérialistes, et le regard acerbe qu’il jette sur le monde. L’écrivain qui publie cette semaine un recueil d’essais (The Selected Essays of Gore Vidal) s’est récemment exprimé dans plusieurs journaux, à la fois sur ses travaux littéraires et sur sa vision du monde actuel. Dans une interview publiée samedi dans le quotidien espagnol El Mundo, il a ainsi déclaré qu’il faudrait aux Etats-Unis “100 ans pour réparer tout le mal” commis par le président Georges W. Bush … A 82 ans, Vidal se considère lui-même comme l’un des derniers grands écrivains “intellectuels” américains, avec Norman Mailer ou Kurt Vonnegut … (full text).
Gore Vidal : il faudra “cent ans” pour réparer ce qu’a fait Bush.
Gore Vidal on the Kennedys and His 1960s Battle with the New York Times.