Author and playwright Gore Vidal dies

Wednesday August 1, 2012

Gore Vidal, the award-winning American novelist, essayist and playwright, has died aged 86.

The writer's nephew Burr Steers said that he died at home in the Hollywood Hills on Tuesday, following complications from pneumonia.

He added that his uncle had been sick and living alone for "quite a while".

The literary giant penned works such as Lincoln, Myra Breckenridge and The City and the Pillar, which was among the first novels to feature openly gay characters.

In November 2009, he received a lifetime achievement award at the National Book Awards and his Tony-nominated play The Best Man has been revived on Broadway this year.

Known for his outspokenness and scorn for popular culture as much as for his 60-year writing career, he was unafraid to be controversial.

His contemporaries included Norman Mailer and Truman Capote.

Photo: Rex

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