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Gore Vidal has died at the age of 86, his nephew Burr Steers has confirmed. Vidal passed away on Tuesday evening (July 31) at his home in the Hollywood Hills as a result of complications from pneumonia. Born Eugene Luther Gore Vidal on October 3, 1925 in New York, Vidal was raised in Washington, DC and briefly joined the Us Army in 1943 following his graduation from high school, serving in the Aleutian Islands. During his literary career, he penned over 20 novels including The City and the Pillar (1948), Myra Breckinridge (1968), Creation (1981) and Duluth (1983). Vidal also wrote numerous short stories, essays, screenplays and works for the stage. His 1960 political satire The Best Man was recently revived on Broadway at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, featuring an all-star cast including James Earl Jones, Angela Lansbury, Kristin Davis, (more) »


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