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Gore Vidal


Born
in West Point, New York, The United States
October 03, 1925

Died
July 31, 2012

Genre

Influences


Eugene Luther Gore Vidal was an American writer known for his essays, novels, screenplays, and Broadway plays. He was also known for his patrician manner, Transatlantic accent, and witty aphorisms. Vidal came from a distinguished political lineage; his grandfather was the senator Thomas Gore, and he later became a relation (through marriage) to Jacqueline Kennedy.

Vidal ran for political office twice and was a longtime political critic. He was a lifelong isolationist Democrat. As well known for his essays as his novels, Vidal wrote for The Nation, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, The New York Review of Books and Esquire.

Through his essays and media appearances, Vidal was a long time critic of American foreign policy. In addition to this, he char
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“The unfed mind devours itself.”
Gore Vidal

“How marvelous books are, crossing worlds and centuries, defeating ignorance and, finally, cruel time itself.”
Gore Vidal, Julian

“Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half.”
Gore Vidal, Screening History

Polls

July 2017 New School Classic Poll

 
  46 votes, 13.2%

 
  35 votes, 10.0%

 
  33 votes, 9.5%

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  28 votes, 8.0%

 
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  26 votes, 7.4%

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  18 votes, 5.2%

 
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  10 votes, 2.9%

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  9 votes, 2.6%

 
  4 votes, 1.1%

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