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The American Author Gore Vidal Dies

Posted by Ali Khader on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 Under: Current News Stories & Fun Facts

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Gore Vidal, the elegant American author, died on Tuesday during the night at his home in Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, at the age of 86.

His nephew Burr Steers said that he died due to complications of pneumonia, reported the Los Angeles Times.

Born in West Point in the state of New York as Eugene Luther Vidal Jr , he later adopted his mother's last name as his first name.

He started his career very young at the age of 19 years old while he was still a soldier based in Alaska. His first book, Willsaw, related his experience during World War II. But it's with his third book published in 1948, The City and the Pillar, that he shook the world by putting into scene a main character gay - a first in the American literature.

He has published about 25 novels, two memoirs and several volumes. He also wrote plays, television dramas and screenplays.

Brilliant, elegant and egocentric, Gore Vidal was known for his sharps observations on the American culture, sex, literature and politics.

Gore Vidal regularly critisized the other authors of his generation: Truman Capote, for example, has been described by Vidal Gore as a «filthy animal that has found his way into the house», while Ernest Hemingway was considered as a «joke».

Considering the United States as «becoming a boring country», Gore Vidal pointed out and complained about the decline of what he called the «American Empire» 

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