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Famous for his attics and sharp maxims, Gore Vidal was an American writer, essayist, novelist, screenwriter and playwright.

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BirthdayOctober 3, 1925
Died onJuly 31, 2012
NationalityAmerican
FamousBisexual, Phillips Exeter Academy, Writers, Novelists, Playwrights
Known asEugene Luther Gore Vidal
Universities
  • Phillips Exeter Academy
  • Sidwell Friends School
  • Phillips Exeter Academy
Notable Alumnis
  • Phillips Exeter Academy
Founder / Co-Founder
  • The Ludington Line
  • Transcontinental Air Transport
  • Northeast Airlines
Birth PlaceWest Point
GenderMale
FatherEugene Luther Vidal
MotherNina Gore
Sun SignLibra
Born inWest Point
Died at Age86

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Who is Gore Vidal?

Eugene Luther Gore Vidal was an American writer, novelist, essayist, screenwriter and playwright. Vidal was born in New York and brought up in California by his Broadway actress mother and army officer father. When he finished college, he went to join the army and became a warrant officer, until he fell ill because of arthritis. He started writing when he was only 21 and wrote many controversial, ahead of his time novels, essays, memoirs and film scripts. The most controversial work of his literary career was his second novel called ‘The City and the Pillar’, which had an unflustered portrayal of homosexuality in it. It shocked the society at the time so much so that New York Times refused to review his books for the next 5 years, which compelled him to write under a pseudo-name for some years. His writings are considered to be sharp and witty. He was a broad-minded writer, who often wrote satirical statements on sex, gender, gays, etc. Vidal was a self proclaimed bisexual who remained in a long term relationship with his partner Howard Austin.

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Childhood & Early Life

Vidal was born in the Cadet Hospital of the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York, to Eugene Luther Vidal and Nina Gore. His father was an Army Air Corps pilot at the Academy, who also co-founded 3 American airlines.

Vidal’s mother used to act in the Broadways; his parents divorced when he was only 10 years old. His mother married two more times after that as a result of which he had four-half siblings and four step-siblings.

He was brought up in Washington D.C. and studied in Sidwell Friends School and St. Albans School. Then he went to study in France but came back to the United States at the onset of World War II.

He got himself enrolled in the army and became a warrant officer. But in 3 years, he caught hypothermia which caused rheumatoid arthritis and he became a mess officer instead.

Career

In 1946, Vidal published his first ever literary work, a novel based on his experiences in the army, ‘Williwaw’. The work was influenced with the World War II and his experiences while doing the Alaskan Harbor Detachment duty.

In 1948, Vidal published ‘The City and the Pillar’. It caused controversy in the media for its unruffled usage of homosexuality as the main theme of the novel. The main protagonist was a spitting image of James ‘Jimmy’ Trimble III.

In 1950s, Vidal started writing mystery books under the fake identity of ‘Edgar Box’ because after his controversial novel ‘The City and the Pillar’, New York Times banned his books from being reviewed by the publication.

In the late 50s, his play ‘Visit to a Small Planet’ was published and turned into Broadway. Another two plays of his were televised ‘A Sense of Justice’ and ‘Honor’. He also contributed to the screenwriting of ‘Ben-Hur’.

In the late 60s, Vidal wrote novels like ‘Julian’ which was based on the Roman Empire, ‘Washington D.C.’ which was a political novel based on Roosevelt’s era and ‘Myra Breckinrodge’ which was a comedy based on sex and popular culture.

In the 70s and 80s, Vidal did work like ‘Weekend’, ‘An Evening With Richard Nixon’, ‘Two Sisters: A Novel in the Form of a Memoir’, ‘Burr’, ‘1876’, ‘Lincoln’, ‘Empire’, ‘Creation’, ‘Myron’ which was a sequel to ‘Myra Breckinridge’, ‘Kalki’.

In 90s and 2000s, Vidal came out with works like ‘Hollywood’, ‘Live from Golgotha: The Gospel according to Gore Vidal’ which was a comedy novel, ‘The Smithsonian Institution’, ‘The Golden Age’, etc.

Throughout 90s and 2000s, he acted in movies like: ‘Bob Roberts’, ‘Gattaca’, ‘With Honors’, ‘Igby Goes Down’ and ‘Trailer for the Remake of Gore Vidal’s Caligula’. He gave voice for his character in ‘Simpsons’ and ‘Family Guy’.

Personal Life & Legacy

In 1950, he came into a long term affair with Howard Austen. He made public statements stating that he had a strong relationship with Austen because they do not have sex with each other as according to him sex complicates everything.

Vidal lived both in Italy and California and towards the end of his days he sold his villa in Italy and settled in LA. He died in California in 2012 after suffering from pneumonia. His death was thought to be a loss to ‘culture of the U.S.’.

Trivia

This talented American writer never got any formal acknowledgement or credits for co-screenwriting ‘Ben-Hur’.

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1993 - National Book Award for Nonfiction

Gore Vidal biography timelines

  • // 3rd Oct 1925
    Vidal was born in the Cadet Hospital of the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York, to Eugene Luther Vidal and Nina Gore. His father was an Army Air Corps pilot at the Academy, who also co-founded 3 American airlines.
  • // 1946
    In 1946, Vidal published his first ever literary work, a novel based on his experiences in the army, ‘Williwaw’. The work was influenced with the World War II and his experiences while doing the Alaskan Harbor Detachment duty.
  • // 1948
    In 1948, Vidal published ‘The City and the Pillar’. It caused controversy in the media for its unruffled usage of homosexuality as the main theme of the novel. The main protagonist was a spitting image of James ‘Jimmy’ Trimble III.
  • // 1950
    In 1950s, Vidal started writing mystery books under the fake identity of ‘Edgar Box’ because after his controversial novel ‘The City and the Pillar’, New York Times banned his books from being reviewed by the publication.
  • // 1950
    In the late 50s, his play ‘Visit to a Small Planet’ was published and turned into Broadway. Another two plays of his were televised ‘A Sense of Justice’ and ‘Honor’. He also contributed to the screenwriting of ‘Ben-Hur’.
  • // 1950
    In 1950, he came into a long term affair with Howard Austen. He made public statements stating that he had a strong relationship with Austen because they do not have sex with each other as according to him sex complicates everything.
  • // 1960
    In the late 60s, Vidal wrote novels like ‘Julian’ which was based on the Roman Empire, ‘Washington D.C.’ which was a political novel based on Roosevelt’s era and ‘Myra Breckinrodge’ which was a comedy based on sex and popular culture.
  • // 1970 To 1980
    In the 70s and 80s, Vidal did work like ‘Weekend’, ‘An Evening With Richard Nixon’, ‘Two Sisters: A Novel in the Form of a Memoir’, ‘Burr’, ‘1876’, ‘Lincoln’, ‘Empire’, ‘Creation’, ‘Myron’ which was a sequel to ‘Myra Breckinridge’, ‘Kalki’.
  • // 1990 To 2000
    In 90s and 2000s, Vidal came out with works like ‘Hollywood’, ‘Live from Golgotha: The Gospel according to Gore Vidal’ which was a comedy novel, ‘The Smithsonian Institution’, ‘The Golden Age’, etc.
  • // 1990 To 2000
    Throughout 90s and 2000s, he acted in movies like: ‘Bob Roberts’, ‘Gattaca’, ‘With Honors’, ‘Igby Goes Down’ and ‘Trailer for the Remake of Gore Vidal’s Caligula’. He gave voice for his character in ‘Simpsons’ and ‘Family Guy’.
  • // 31st Jul 2012
    Vidal lived both in Italy and California and towards the end of his days he sold his villa in Italy and settled in LA. He died in California in 2012 after suffering from pneumonia. His death was thought to be a loss to ‘culture of the U.S.’.

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Gore Vidal's FAQ

  • What is Gore Vidal birthday?

    Gore Vidal was born at 1925-10-03

  • When was Gore Vidal died?

    Gore Vidal was died at 2012-07-31

  • Where was Gore Vidal died?

    Gore Vidal was died in Hollywood Hills

  • Which age was Gore Vidal died?

    Gore Vidal was died at age 86

  • Where is Gore Vidal's birth place?

    Gore Vidal was born in West Point

  • What is Gore Vidal nationalities?

    Gore Vidal's nationalities is American

  • What was Gore Vidal universities?

    Gore Vidal studied at Phillips Exeter Academy, Sidwell Friends School, Phillips Exeter Academy

  • What was Gore Vidal notable alumnis?

    Gore Vidal's notable alumnis is Phillips Exeter Academy

  • Which company or organization was founded by Gore Vidal?

    Gore Vidal was the founder/co-founder of The Ludington Line, Transcontinental Air Transport, Northeast Airlines

  • Who is Gore Vidal's father?

    Gore Vidal's father is Eugene Luther Vidal

  • Who is Gore Vidal's mother?

    Gore Vidal's mother is Nina Gore

  • What is Gore Vidal's sun sign?

    Gore Vidal is Libra