CLOSER TO GOD: Iconoclastic author of «Creation», Gore Vidal, dies age 86


CLOSER TO GOD: Iconoclastic author of «Creation», Gore Vidal, dies age 86
by Darius Kadivar

Gore Vidal, the iconoclastic writer, savvy analyst and imperious gadfly on the national conscience, has died. He was 86. He was also to pen a novel « Creation » set in ancient persia during the reign of King Xerxes 1st which ambitioned to present the Persian Empire in a more positive light than the one depicted by the deemed world’s first historian: Herodotus. (Source:

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Vidal died Tuesday at his home in the Hollywood Hills of complications of pneumonia, said nephew Burr Steers.

Vidal was a literary juggernaut who wrote 25 novels, including historical works such as “Lincoln” and “Burr” and satires such as “Myra Breckinridge” and “Duluth.” He was also a prolific essayist whose pieces on politics, sexuality, religion and literature -- once described as “elegantly sustained demolition derbies” -- both delighted and inflamed and in 1993 earned him a National Book Award for his massive “United States Essays, 1952-1992.”


The author Christopher Hitchens, who once considered him a modern-day Oscar Wilde, criticised him for his more recent comments, saying they suffered from an "utter want of any grace or generosity".


Threaded throughout his pieces are anecdotes about his famous friends and foes, who included Anais Nin, Tennessee Williams, Christopher Isherwood, Orson Welles, Truman Capote, Frank SinatraJack KerouacMarlon BrandoPaul NewmanJoanne Woodward, Eleanor Roosevelt and a variety of Kennedys. He counted Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Al Gore among his relatives.

He also wrote Broadway hits, screenplays, television dramas and a trio of mysteries under a pseudonym that remain in print after 50 years.


When he wasn’t writing, he was popping up in movies, playing himself in “Fellini’s Roma,” a sinister plotter in sci-fi thriller“Gattaca” and a U.S. senator in “Bob Roberts.” In other spare moments, he made two entertaining but unsuccessful forays into politics, running for the Senate from California and Congress in New York, and established himself as a master of talk-show punditry who demolished intellectual rivals like Norman Mailer and William F. Buckley with acidic one-liners.

“Style,” Vidal once said, “is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.” By that definition, he was an emperor of style, sophisticated and cantankerous in his prophesies of America’s fate and refusal to let others define him.



Controversial Screenwriter




Gore Vidal partly wrote the screen adaptation of William Wyler’s epic Ben Hur but was ousted halfway through production for trying to suggest a homosexual Relationship in the main protagonists past ( Ben Hur and Messala). He later wrote the script for the Mega Porn Production Galigula co produced by Bob Guccione the editor of the Men’s magazine Penthouse. A passionate advocate for Gay Rights, Gore Vidal also expressed great admiration for Oliver Stone’s bold attempt in depicting the Bi Sexual macedonian conqueror in his movie Alexander.


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This is the well know incident between William Buckley and Gore Vidal that occurred during ABC's coverage of the 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago

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In Gore Vidals case, He didn't die,

by amirparvizforsecularmonarchy on

Like all the Hero's of The Period of History we experienced.  He Lives for Ever.  As do his generous opinions.

He showed a magnificent conscience and could really explain in words what was so disgusting about opinion being propogated by indivicuals and the organizations who betrayed the late shah of Iran as a Dictator, Corrupt, Repressive and Helped bring Khomeini to power.  He taught people with the mind to receive in order to think for themselves.  He despised the undermining of the most democratic leaders of our life time in certain regions and in the name of freedom, democracy and human rights bringing in in humanity, war, tyranny and bloodshed.

Darius.... your support in favor of Syrian Rebels and against Assad would have disappointed him.  He would ask you to give him a single case where the USA had ever intervened to bring democracy, human rights and freedom?  He taught, the USA only ever intervenes to remove these.  In Light of some of your views, Its a wonder you wrote a blog to honor him.  And then Zendanian another shocker, your opinions show zero understanding of this authors views and beliefs.   

First Amendment

A good blog......

by First Amendment on


Thank you for this timely tribute to a great writer.

by Zendanian on

Gore Vidal came from an extended line of American aristocracy. He is probably the greatest American Historical novelist. One could say he has written a novel for each period of American history, from Revolurionary Wars all the way up to 20th century, highly recommended for all student of history. As you mention he wasn't only interested in Western history.

"Creation" which is a novel about ancient Persian, is wrriten from a perspective deeply sympathetic to Persians and their culture. As all reviews of "Creation" have mentioned Gore Vidal has turned Orientalism upside down in that great, rather lenghty novel.  "Creation"  was translated into Farsi and published in Iran a few years back, don't recall the publisher at the moment; the title is translated  as " Aafaarinesh."

People like Buckley and Vidal as opposite as their politics were, had a significant common character; love of culture and arts. They are from a generation that we could correctly call "the endangered generation"; true men of letters and politics.

He will surely be missed, his works shall last an eternity.


Author must tell truth......

by Aliafandi on

Great quote,

I heard it differently (not Vidals quote),

You must always speak the truth unless if you're a Politician.


DK, Thanks for

by Azarbanoo on

Posting this great blog about Gore vidal.  He was certainly very interesting, bold & somehow strange.

Darius Kadivar

Gore Vidal: In quotes

by Darius Kadivar on

My Favorite one:

On the press

"A writer must always tell the truth, unless he is a journalist."




More below: 


Acerbic take (bbc)


Some of the late great writer Gore Vidal's best quotations