Vidal, Gore, 1925-2012Alternative names
Gore Vidal was born in 1925 to Eugene Vidal and Nina Gore Vidal. He graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire in 1943 and went on to serve in the Reserve Corps of the U.S. Army and as an officer in the Army Transportation Corps in the Aleutian Islands. Vidal published eight novels between 1946 and 1954 including The Judgment of Paris, Messiah, and The City and the Pillar, the latter among the first overtly gay novels in the history of American fiction. He published three mystery novels under the pen name of Edgar Box: Death in the Fifth Position, Death before Bedtime, and Death Likes it Hot. Vidal turned to writing scripts for television, including the original teleplay Visit to a Small Planet (later adapted into a Broadway play). Other of his credits include The Catered Affair, I Accuse!, and Suddenly Last Summer, as well as work on the script of Ben Hur. His acting credits include such films as Bob Roberts.
From the description of Judgment of Paris manuscript page, 1951. (Denver Public Library). WorldCat record id: 285613994
Gore Vidal, playwright.
From the description of The best man: typescript, n.d. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122615353
Gore Vidal (1925- ) is an American author of novels, theatrical plays, television scripts, screenplays, and essays whose career began in the years immediately following World War II and continues into the twenty-first century. He has also been a public, sometimes controversial, figure in American politics. In addition to a sequence of seven novels about American history, and novels he refers to as "inventions" such as Myra Breckinridge and Duluth, he has also written three mystery novels under the pseudonym, Edgar Box. GV is also well-known as an essayist as he has composed well over a hundred essays, gathered in several volumes published between 1962 and 2001.
From the description of Papers, 1875-2004 (inclusive), 1936-2000 (bulk). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 612846827
Gore Vidal was born Eugene Luther Gore Vidal in West Point, New York, on October 3, 1925, to Eugene Luther and Nina Vidal. Vidal shortened his name during his teen years to honor his maternal grandfather. After his parents divorced, Vidal lived with his mother and her new husband in northern Virginia and attended a series of boarding schools.
After graduating from Phillips Exeter Academy in 1943, Vidal joined the U.S. Army Reserve at age 17. Vidal wrote his first novel, Williwaw (1946), while in the hospital recovering from hypothermia. After being discharged from the army, Vidal went to work as an editor for E. P. Dutton and published his second novel, In a Yellow Wood (1947).
Vidal moved to a small house in Antigua, Guatemala, where he finished his next novel, The City and the Pillar (1948), whose homosexual theme was controversial. Many fellow authors praised Vidal's book while several critics and reviewers lambasted the work; the New York Times refused to review the work for almost 10 years.
Vidal traveled between Europe and New York for a period, publishing many works that were well received abroad, including A Search for the King (1950), Dark Green, Bright Red (1950), The Judgment of Paris (1952), and Messiah (1954). Despite his success abroad, Vidal's work was continuously ignored by the American press.
Vidal started writing mystery novels under the pseudonym of Edgar Box, and the Box novels were generally well received by American readers. Vidal then turned to television as a new medium and would go on to write 20 teledramas. Vidal accepted an offer from MGM to see how movies were made in the old studio system, and whilst in Hollywood wrote screenplays for several films.
Vidal's mother divorced his stepfather, Hugh D. Auchincloss, in the 1940s. Auchincloss remarried to Janet Lee Bouvier, whose daughter Jacqueline moved into Vidal's old room. When Jacqueline married John F. Kennedy later in life, Kennedy was excited to meet his wife's famous literary connection. Vidal's experiences with the backstage workings of the 1960 Democratic National Convention later inspired him to write the screenplay The Best Man (1964). After a brief stint in the political world, Vidal moved to Italy to escape the constricting Washington D.C. atmosphere and to work on his latest novel, Julian (1964).
Vidal experimented with many types of literary genres, writing works as varied as Washington D.C. (1967), the controversial Myra Breckinridge (1968), many novels concerning American history, and several satires including Duluth (1983).
Vidal has written two volumes of memoirs, Palimpsest (1995) and Point to Point Navigation (2006). While Vidal has mostly given up writing large novels, he continues to write essays, political speeches, and still makes public speeches.
From the guide to the Gore Vidal Collection, 1946-1970, (The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center)
Gore Vidal (1925- ) (referred to as GV in this finding aid) is an American author of novels, theatrical plays, television scripts, screenplays, and essays whose career began in the years immediately following World War II and continues into the twenty-first century. He has also been a public, sometimes controversial, figure in American politics. In addition to a sequence of seven novels about American history, and novels he refers to as "inventions" such as Myra Breckinridge and Duluth, he has also written three mystery novels under the pseudonym, Edgar Box. GV is also well-known as an essayist as he has composed well over a hundred essays, gathered in several volumes published between 1962 and 2001.
From the guide to the Gore Vidal papers, 1875-2004 (inclusive), 1936-2000 (bulk)., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)
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