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Gore Vidal: the patrician rebel

Gore Vidal used his knowledge of Washington and Hollywood power to give the insider's view of the American imperial dream

By Jay Parini   September 2015

Gore Vidal (left) at a Democratic Party rally in 1960 with President John F Kennedy. © Associated press

Gore Vidal, who died in 2012, was a ubiquitous figure on the cultural scene for more than 50 years. Not only was he a bestselling novelist, he was also friends with presidents John F Kennedy and Bill Clinton. His collected works add up to 25 novels, several Broadway plays and hundreds of essays. He won…

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