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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, Literary Fiction
 
Series
Peter Sargeant (as by Edgar Box)
   1. Death in the Fifth Position (1952)
   2. Death Before Bedtime (1953)
   3. Death Likes it Hot (1955)
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Narratives of Empire
   1. Burr (1973)
   2. Lincoln (1984)
   3. 1876 (1976)
   4. Empire (1987)
   5. Hollywood (1989)
   6. Washington, D.C. (1967)
   7. The Golden Age (2000)
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Myra and Myron
   1. Myra Breckinridge (1968)
   2. Myron (1974)
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Novels
   Williwaw (1946)
     aka Dangerous Voyage
   In a Yellow Wood (1947)
   The City and the Pillar (1948)
   The Season of Comfort (1949)
   Dark Green, Bright Red (1950)
   A Search for the King (1950)
   A Star's Progress (1950) (as by Katherine Everard)
   The Judgment of Paris (1953)
   Thieves Fall Out (1953) (as by Cameron Kay)
   Messiah (1956)
   Visit to a Small Planet (1957)
   Julian (1964)
   Two Sisters (1970)
   Kalki (1978)
   Creation (1981)
   Duluth (1983)
   Live from Golgotha (1992)
   The Smithsonian Institution (1995)
   Cry Shame! (2012)
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Collections
   A Thirsty Evil (1956)
   The Collected Mysteries of Edgar Box (1978) (as by Edgar Box)
   Deadly Sins (1994) (with others)
   The Essential Gore Vidal (1999)
   Clouds and Eclipses (2006)
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Anthologies edited
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Plays show
 
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Books containing stories by Gore Vidal
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Black Cat Weekly #141 (2024)
(Black Cat Weekly, book 141)
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First Words (1993)
Earliest Writing from Favorite Contemporary Authors
edited by
Paul Mandelbaum

Award nominations
1979 Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (nominee) : Kalki
1978 Nebula Award for Best Novel (nominee) : Kalki


Gore Vidal recommends
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After the Blue Hour (2017)
John Rechy
"One of the few original American writers of the last century."
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The Glory Cloak (2004)
Patricia O'Brien
"Louisa May Alcott and Clara Barton are splendid protaganists in this vivid and revealing story of our Civil War."
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The House of the Solitary Maggot (1986)
(Sleepers in Moon-Crowned Valleys, book 2)
James Purdy
"James Purdy is an authentic American genius."

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