Friday, August 3, 2012

Gore Vidal, 1925 - 2012

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The world lost another great writer this week. Gore Vidal died Tuesday at the age of 86. He was a versatile and prolific writer, not without controversy, who enjoyed being a public figure. The New York Times has an article well worth reading which you can find here.

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.


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