Patt Morrison for August 1, 2012

Remembering Gore Vidal

An Evening With Gore Vidal

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Writer Gore Vidal speaks to a packed audience at the home of Paul Alan Smith on June 20, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. The event served to raise awareness for Independent World Television, the world's first global independent news channel.

The American author, playwright, essayist, and provocateur, who’s been cited as one of the most influential writers of the 20th century, died at his home in the Hollywood Hills yesterday due to pneumonia. He was 86 years old.

Vidal‘s first breakout work was “The City and the Pillar,” a novel published in 1948 about an openly gay man in post World War II America. Vidal’s other works included “Narratives of Empires” a seven-novel series considered to be his most famous writing, as well as 2009's “Gore Vidal: Snapshot’s in History’s Glare.”

"A good deed never goes unpunished."
– Gore Vidal

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