Gore Vidal has passed away. The author of many a book passed away from complications relating to pneumonia. Though Vidal never seemed to identify as bisexual, he had numerous affairs with both men and women, and his third novel, The City and the Pillar, was the first to directly feature homosexuality. He met his long time partner Howard Austin in 1950. The two were together until Austin’s death in 2003. Gore Vidal was 86.
He wrote under various names over the years including Edgar Box, Cameron Kay, and Katherine Everard.
Eugene Luther Gore Vidal was the only son of Eugene Luther Vidal and the first son of Nina Gore. His mother married three times in total.
Vidal was not much of a nice man. He was known in later years for making incendiary remarks including stating about William F. Buckley after he died “I thought hell is bound to be a livelier place, as he joins forever those whom he served in life, applauding their prejudices and fanning their hatred.” He had engaged in a decades long feud with Buckley.
The City and The Pillar was dedicated to J.T. It was later learned that J.T. stood for James “Jimmy” Trimble III, one of Vidal’s early loves. Trimble would die at the Battle of Iwo Jima. Vidal was a staunchly anti-war.