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Gore Vidal

(Eugene Luther Vidal)
USA flag (1925 - 2012)

aka Edgar Box, Katherine Everard, Cameron Kay

Gore Vidal was born in 1925 at the United States Military Academy at West Point, and brought up in Washington, D.C. He enlisted in the army at the age of seventeen and served as first mate on an army ship in the Bering Sea, where he wrote his first book, Williwaw. In the sixties, three praised novels established Vidal's reputation as a bestselling author: Julian (1964); Washington, D.C. (1967); and Myra Breckinridge (1968). His collected essays, United States, won the National Book Award in 1993. In 1995 he published a memoir, Palimpsest, which the Sunday Times called 'one of the best first-person accounts of this century we are likely to get'.

Vidal died at his home in Hollywood Hills, California on July 31, 2012.

Genres: Historical, Mystery
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