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Two novels of his that I especially enjoyed reading were were Burr (which gave a slightly different take on our founding fathers in early American history) and Creation (which was a fascinating tale set in the middle of the wondrous Axial Age and revealed some of the roots of our current philosophies, both West and East). Both of these books made quite an impression on me and the stories he told therein have stayed with me for a long time.
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Writers' Digest has a tribute "Remembering Gore Vidal: 10 Quotes on Writing" which you can read here.