Gore Vidal, author, screenwriter, essayist, actor and political candidate has died at the age of 86. Reports are that he was suffering from complications involving pneumonia. The son of a military officer, born in the Cadet hospital at West Point, he actually added Gore as a middle name. Later he dropped the first two names from his then full name of Eugene Luthor Gore Vidal to give him a “sharp, distinctive” name.
He was the first novelist to write a successful, dispassionate portrayal of homosexuality in American literature, The City and the Pillar. It was dedicated to “JT” whom Vidal later revealed was his male “love” from his early days, the one that Vidal later said was the only person he’d ever truly loved.