American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Vidal, (Eugene Luther) Gore Born 1925. American writer noted for his cynical humor and his numerous accounts of society in decline. His works include the novel Myra Breckinridge (1968) and the play The Best Man (1960).
- n. United States writer (born in 1925)
“The general in Vidal's novel ultimately fails in his bid.”
“Gore Vidal is proof positive that America has janis”
“Mr. Buckley hosts a television program and conducts it with a flourish and a zest, with such brilliant gestures and hand movement, that Gore Vidal is reported to have called him ‘the Marie Antoinette of American politics.’”
“There are many good things about Burr, and the novel about Burr by Gore Vidal is one of the best things ever done on him.”
“- Captain Vidal: forget the Labyrinth, the scariest thing in Franco Spain is this guy”
“As I remember it in Vidal's memoir, Seymour Hersh called him while working on his JFK book.”
“Well, remember, Vidal comes from a Very Old Family - he wrote a disturbing essay once about Eleanor Roosevelt where he said that her populist ideals were overridden by her patrician upbringing because she would only socialize with people like him, and never with the vulgar, ill-born people she advocated for publicly.”
“For the record, Vidal is one of my favorite essayists and Burr is one of my favorite novels.”
“Vidal is the only person ever to make this claim, and Heston insisted that Vidal had little to do with the final film.”
“Her brother is among the rebels, and it is her loyalty to her brother that inspires her brave subterfuge, working in Vidal's house but slipping medicine and supplies to the woods whenever she can.”
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