August 1, 2012 at 10:21 am EDT | by Staff reports
Iconic author Gore Vidal dies at 86

Gore Vidal (photo by Mark Coggins via wikimedia)

Gore Vidal, the celebrated queer author, playwright and commentator, died at age 86 in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

Vidal had been sick for “quite a while” and died of complications from pneumonia, according to an AP report.

Vidal wrote 25 novels and hundreds of essays but is perhaps best known for the novels “Myra Breckenridge” and “Lincoln.”

In a long and diverse career, Vidal ran unsuccessfully for Congress, served in the U.S. military and wrote film scripts for “Suddenly Last Summer” and “Ben-Hur.” He was open about his sexual orientation — though not fond of the term “gay” — and known for introducing gay characters into his early work. He shared a villa in Italy with companion Howard Austen for more than 50 years. Austen died in 2003 and was buried in Rock Creek Cemetery in D.C., where Vidal will also be buried.

1 Comment
  • Gore Vidal gave me enjoyment when he authored “Julian” which I have not finished as the young Emperor’s journey was so helpful in my maturing a personal stance with others and also
    fascinating. I have been reading it for 34 years – a slow reader. The Persian Boy was fun to enjoy.

    I will miss his sophistication in appearance and manner.

    F.B. Schaefer, Jr.

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