HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Main » Good Reads (Forum) » Prolific, Elegant, Acerbi...
Introducing Discussionist: A new forum by the creators of DU

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 12:19 PM

Prolific, Elegant, Acerbic Writer - Gore Vidal

Gore Vidal, the elegant, acerbic all-around man of letters who presided with a certain relish over what he declared to be the end of American civilization, died on Tuesday at his home in the Hollywood Hills section of Los Angeles, where he moved in 2003, after years of living in Ravello, Italy. He was 86.

The cause was complications of pneumonia, his nephew Burr Steers said by telephone.

Mr. Vidal was, at the end of his life, an Augustan figure who believed himself to be the last of a breed, and he was probably right. Few American writers have been more versatile or gotten more mileage from their talent. He published some 25 novels, two memoirs and several volumes of stylish, magisterial essays. He also wrote plays, television dramas and screenplays. For a while he was even a contract writer at MGM. And he could always be counted on for a spur-of-the-moment aphorism, putdown or sharply worded critique of American foreign policy.

Perhaps more than any other American writer except Norman Mailer or Truman Capote, Mr. Vidal took great pleasure in being a public figure. He twice ran for office — in 1960, when he was the Democratic Congressional candidate for the 29th District in upstate New York, and in 1982, when he campaigned in California for a seat in the Senate — and though he lost both times, he often conducted himself as a sort of unelected shadow president. He once said, “There is not one human problem that could not be solved if people would simply do as I advise.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/01/books/gore-vidal-elegant-writer-dies-at-86.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20120801

1 replies, 701 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 1 replies Author Time Post
Reply Prolific, Elegant, Acerbic Writer - Gore Vidal (Original post)
groovedaddy Aug 2012 OP
southernyankeebelle Aug 2012 #1

Response to groovedaddy (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 12:27 PM

1. I just loved to hear him speak on any issue. He will be missed. He kinda reminded me

 

of my grandfather. Same kind of personality.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Reply to this thread