Today is the 96th birthday of the writer Gore Vidal, the man that quipped:
Fifty percent of people won’t vote, and fifty percent don’t read newspapers. I hope it’s the same fifty percent.
The world is a better place because he was in it and still feels the loss that he has left.
NAME: Eugene Luther Gore Vidal
OCCUPATION: Critic, Author, Playwright
BIRTH DATE: October 03, 1925
DEATH DATE: July 31, 2012
EDUCATION: St. Albans School, Los Alamos Ranch School
PLACE OF BIRTH: West Point, New York
PLACE OF DEATH: Hollywood Hills, California
REMAINS: Buried, Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, DC
NATIONAL BOOK AWARD for Nonfiction 1993 for United States: Essays 1952-1992
EDGAR ALLAN POE AWARD Best Episode in a TV Series, Suspense, “Smoke” (1954)
BEST KNOWN FOR: Gore Vidal is best known as a prolific American writer, but is also famous for frequent talk-show appearances and witty political criticisms.
Today is the birthday of Gore Vidal, born Eugene Luther Gore Vidal Jr. at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, where his father was an instructor (1925).
A good deed never goes unpunished.
He’s well known for his works of historical fiction — such as Julian (1964), Burr (1973), and Lincoln (1984). And his 1968 novel Myra Breckenridge, a satire about a transsexual, was an international best-seller. The New York Times called it “witty”; the reviewer also called it “repulsive” and “a funny novel, but it requires an iron stomach.” Vidal carried a grudge against the Times for the rest of his life.
A narcissist is someone better looking than you are.
In the mid-1950s he branched out even further, writing a series of potboiler mysteries under the pen name “Edgar Box.” He also produced 20 dramas and literary adaptations for television. He adapted one of his original teleplays, Visit to a Small Planet (1955), for the stage, and it became a hit on Broadway; he also wrote several original and adapted screenplays in Hollywood. Near the end of his life, he announced that he’d given up the long-form novel, preferring to focus on nonfiction. He wrote two memoirs (Palimpsest in 1995 and Point to Point Navigation in 2006), and several book-length essays on American history and politics.
Vidal died of pneumonia two months ago, at the age of 86. His old sparring partner The New York Times published a long obituary in his honor, but it contained three errors that required correction.
And this is why you should like him:
FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
Salinger (5-Sep-2013) · Himself
Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia (18-Apr-2013) · Himself
Shrink (5-Feb-2009) · George Charles
Zero: An Investigation Into 9/11 (15-Jun-2008) · Himself
Obscene (9-Sep-2007) · Himself
The U.S. vs John Lennon (31-Aug-2006) · Himself
One Bright Shining Moment (16-Sep-2005) · Himself
Inside Deep Throat (11-Feb-2005) · Himself
Why We Fight (2005) · Himself
Gattaca (24-Oct-1997) · Director Josef
Shadow Conspiracy (25-Jan-1997)
The Celluloid Closet (13-Sep-1995) · Himself
With Honors (29-Apr-1994) · Pitkannan
Bob Roberts (4-Sep-1992)
Author of books:
Williwaw (1946, novel)
The City and the Pillar (1948, novel)
Julian (1964, novel)
Washington, D.C. (1967, novel)
Myra Breckenridge (1968, novel)
Reflections on a Sinking Ship (1969, essays)
Burr (1973, novel)
1876 (1976, novel)
Creation (1982, novel)
The Second American Revolution (1982, essays)
Lincoln (1984, novel)
Empire (1987, novel)
Armageddon (1987, essays)
Hollywood (1990, novel)
Live from Golgotha (1992, novel)
Screening History (1992, essays)
United States: Essays 1952-1992 (1993, essays)
Palimpsest (1995, memoir)
The Smithsonian Institution (1998, novel)
The Golden Age (2000, novel)
The Last Empire: Essays 1992-2000 (2001, essays)
Visit to a Small Planet (1955)
The Best Man (1960)