Gore Vidal

1925 - 2012

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Eugene Luther Gore Vidal (; born Eugene Louis Vidal, October 3, 1925 – July 31, 2012) was an American writer and public intellectual known for his epigrammatic wit, patrician manner, and polished style of writing. Vidal was openly bisexual and his novels often dealt with LGBT characters, which was unusual at the time. Beyond literature, Vidal was heavily involved in politics. He twice sought office—unsuccessfully—as a Democratic Party candidate, first in 1960 to the United States House of Representatives (for New York), and later in 1982 to the U.S. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Gore Vidal has received more than 4,289,753 page views. His biography is available in 60 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 58 in 2019). Gore Vidal is the 1,346th most popular writer (down from 976th in 2019), the 1,589th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,067th in 2019) and the 157th most popular American Writer.

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Among writers, Gore Vidal ranks 1,346 out of 5,794Before him are Joanot Martorell, Nicolás Gómez Dávila, Gunnar Gunnarsson, Michael Connelly, Judah Leon Abravanel, and Robert E. Howard. After him are Léon Werth, Hugo Claus, Ödön von Horváth, Sugawara no Michizane, Phillis Wheatley, and Al-Khansa.

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Among people born in 1925, Gore Vidal ranks 90Before him are Gabriele Amorth, Masanori Tokita, Oliver Smithies, William Styron, Gabriele Ferzetti, and Princess Regina of Saxe-Meiningen. After him are Hildegard Knef, Sibghatullah Mojaddedi, Aliya Moldagulova, Toshio Iwatani, Joshua Lederberg, and Serge Moscovici. Among people deceased in 2012, Gore Vidal ranks 66Before him are Carlo Maria Martini, Norman Schwarzkopf Jr., Helmut Haller, E. Donnall Thomas, Chadli Bendjedid, and Gustav Leonhardt. After him are Chris Marker, William Standish Knowles, Renato Dulbecco, Herbert Lom, Hans Werner Henze, and Teófilo Stevenson.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Gore Vidal ranks 1,589 out of 15,968Before him are Joseph Cotten (1905), Robert E. Howard (1906), Axl Rose (1962), David Caruso (1956), Julia Child (1912), and Aaron Burr (1756). After him are Frank Drake (1930), Jeff Koons (1955), Alfred Stieglitz (1864), George Stevens (1904), Lady Bird Johnson (1912), and Art Tatum (1909).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Gore Vidal ranks 157Before him are Thornton Wilder (1897), Rex Stout (1886), Robin Hobb (1952), Erich Segal (1937), Michael Connelly (1956), and Robert E. Howard (1906). After him are James Ellroy (1948), Ed McBain (1926), Don DeLillo (1936), Jack Vance (1916), Ira Levin (1929), and James Patterson (1947).