Literary

10 Life Lessons from Gore Vidal (1925 - 2012)

Gore Vidal was an American author, screenwriter, playwright, and activist celebrated for his public political criticism and was often called an early champion of sexual liberation.

Vidal was born in New York, was first published when he was 19 years old, and continued to write novels, essays, memoirs, and plays including The City and the Pillar, Armageddon?, The Last Empire, The Best Man, and Visit to a Small Planet. He wrote for Esquire, won the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters from the National Book Foundation in 2009, and made animated appearances in The Simpsons, Family Guy, and Da Ali G Show.

He died last night in his home in Hollywood Hills of complications from pneumonia. He was 86. The writer was known for his words and was legendary for his advice. Here are just 10 things we've learned from Gore Vidal ...

KEEP PHOENIX NEW TIMES FREE... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Claire Lawton
Contact: Claire Lawton