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Gore  Vidal

Gore Vidal [1925-2012] in 2006          short profile
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"Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn."
Gore Vidal

"There is not one human problem which could not be solved if people would simply do as I advise."
Gore Vidal

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Fiction  by  Gore Vidal
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"Williwaw: A Novel" [1946]

"The City and The Pillar: A Novel" [1948]

"The Judgment of Paris" [1952]

'Thieves Fall Out' 1953 pulp crime novel by Gore Vidal  "Thieves Fall Out" pulp crime novel [1953]
written by Gore Vidal under the pseudonym Cameron Kay

Out of print for 60 years; a down-on-his-luck American in Cairo, Egypt is
hired to smuggle an ancient artifact out of the country . . .

Kindle Edition from Hard Case Crime [4/2015] for $9.59  4/2015
Hard Case Crime 8¾x5¾ hardcover [4/2015] for $17.36  4/2015
Fawcett Gold Medal mass pb #311 [1953] out of print/rare

"Messiah" [1954]

"Myra Breckinridge" [1968]

"Two Sisters" [1970]

"Myron" [1974] sequel to "Myra Breckinridge"

"Kalki: A Novel" (1978]

Complete Mysteries of Edgar Box {back cover} by Gore Vidal  "Three By Box: The Complete Mysteries of Edgar Box" [1978]
written by Gore Vidal under the pseudonym Edgar Box

includes "Death In The Fifth Position" [1952], "Death Before Bedtime"
[1953], and "Death Likes It Hot" [1954]

Random House hardcover [8/78] out of print/used

"Creation: A Novel" [1981; rev 2000]

"Duluth" [1983]

Collected Short Stories of Gore Vidal  "Clouds and Eclipses: The Collected Short Stories" [2006]
The eight stories in "A Thirsty Evil" [1956], with the addition of the previously-unpublished title story
Carroll & Graf 8x5½ pb [7/2006] for $11.86

Historical  Fiction  by  Gore Vidal
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"Julian: A Novel" [1964]

"Live From Golgotha: The Gospel According To Gore Vidal" [1992]

Smithsonian Institution novel by Gore Vidal  "The Smithsonian Institution: A Novel" [1998] by Gore Vidal
A comic novel (note funny cover); a teenaged science prodigy is summoned to the Smithsonian to help with a scheme to change history; in a race against time, he battles to save not just himself, but humanity, with assistance from past and present figures of American history, including Grover Cleveland, Albert Einstein, Abraham Lincoln, Charles Lindbergh, and Robert Oppenheimer
Mariner/Harvest 8½x5½ pb [9/99] for $13.82
Random House 9¼x6 hardcover [2/98] out of print/100+ used

'Narratives  of  Empire'  Series
Gore Vidal's Burr  
"Burr: A Novel" [1973] by Gore Vidal: covering the years 1776 to 1805
Vintage 8x5¼ pb [5/2000] for $10.85
Ballantine Books mass pb [5/96] out of print/many used
Tandem Library 8½x5¼ hardcover [2/2000] for $26.20

"Lincoln: A Novel" (1984]: covering the years 1861 to 1865

"1876" [1976]: covering the years 1875 to 1877

"Empire" [1987]: covering the years 1898 to 1907

Gore Vidal's Hollywood  "Hollywood: A Novel of America In The 1920s" [1990]
covering the years 1917 to 1923

Ballantine pb [2/91] out of print/used
Vintage 8x5¼ pb [8/2000] for $10.50
Modern Library 7¾x5 hardcover [2/99] out of print/used
Random House ABR audio [3/90] out of stock/used

"Washington D.C.: A Novel" [1967]: covering the years 1937 to the early 1950s

"The Golden Age: A Novel" [2000]: covering the years 1939 to 1950

Non-Fiction  by  Gore Vidal

"The Second American Revolution" [1982]

"At Home: Essays, 1982-1988" [1988]

"Screening History" [1992]

"Decline and Fall of The American Empire" [1992]

"United States: Essays, 19521992" [1993]

Gore Vidal's American Presidency   "The American Presidency" [1998]
Odonian Press mass pb [9/98] for $8.00
Essential Gore Vidal Reader  "The Essential Gore Vidal" [1999] Edited by Fred Kaplan
includes 26 essays, excerpts from 12 novels, and full texts of "The Best Man"
[1960] & "Myra Breckinridge" [1968]

Abacus 7¾x5 pb [10/2000] out of print/used
Random House 10x6¾ hardcover [1/99] out of print/many used

"The Last Empire: Essays, 1992-2000" [2001]

"Dreaming War: Blood For Oil and The Cheney-Bush Junta" [2002]

Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace by Gore Vidal   "Perpetual War For Perpetual Peace: How We Got To Be So Hated" [2002]
Thunder's Mouth Press 7.6x5 pb [3/2002] for $8.00
Inventing A Nation by Gore Vidal   "Inventing A Nation: Washington, Adams, Jefferson" [2003]
Yale Univ Press 8x5 pb [8/2004] for $11.20
Yale Univ Press 8¼x5¾ hardcover [11/2003] for $22.00
Imperial America / United States of Amnesia book by Gore Vidal  "Imperial America: Reflections On The United States of Amnesia" [2004]
contains three sharp new anti-Bush/Cheney diatribes and eight articles from The Nation, Esquire and other magazines, written from 1975 to 2004
Kindle Edition from Nation Books [2004 edition] for $9.99
Nation Books 8¼x5½ pb [8/2005] for $12.86
Nation Books 8¼x5½ hardcover [5/2004] out of print/scarce
Gore Vidal's State of The Union Essays in Kindle format from Nation Books  "Gore Vidal's State of The Union: The Nation Essays, 19582005" for Kindle [2013] Edited & Introduction by Richard Lingeman
Kindle Edition from Nation Books [4/2013] for $9.99

Stageplays  &  Other  Works
Gore Vidal's credits [since 1958] at Internet Broadway Database

"A Visit To A Small Planet" [1957]: Broadway credits

Best Man playscript by Gore Vidal   "The Best Man" playscript [1960] by Gore Vidal
Dramatists Play Service 7¾x5 pb [1/98] for $7.50
Little, Brown hardcover [1960] out of print/used

credits at Internet Broadway Database:
1960-61 2000 revival 2012 revival

"On The March To The Sea" [1960]

"Romulus" [1962]: Broadway credits

"Weekend" [1968]: Broadway credits

"Drawing Room Comedy" [1970]

"An Evening With Richard Nixon" [1972]: Broadway credits
more on Spirit of America Bookstore's President Richard M. Nixon Page

"In Masks Outrageous and Austere" [2008]
During 2007 & 2008, Gore Vidal worked on completing an unfinished play by his friend Tennessee Williams [1911-83].
The play is about cutthroat corporate society; Peter Bogdanovich was set to direct the play on Broadway.

Films  of  Gore Vidal
Gore Vidal credits [since 1946] at Internet Movie Database
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"The Catered Affair" [1956]

"The Left Handed Gun"" [Warner Bros. May 1958]
Left Handed Gun movie   James Dean was cast as the rebellious teenage outlaw, but died in a car crash; young cowhand Billy vows revenge when his peaceful rancher boss is murdered, escalating the Lincoln County War. Directed by Arthur Penn; script by Leslie Stevens, from the play by Gore Vidal; starring Paul Newman {as Billy The Kid}, John Dehner {as Garrett}, Denver Pyle, James Congdon, James Best, Hurd Hatfield & Lita Milan
Warner b&w VHS [1/94] out of prodn/many used
full credits from IMDb
DVD available only as part of Paul Newman Boxed Set [2006]
Warner DVD box set [11/2006] 7 disks for $29.99

"Suddenly, Last Summer" [1959]

"Visit To A Small Planet" [1960]

Gore Vidal's "The Best Man"
[United Artists April 1964]
Gore Vidal's "The Best Man" poster  Five men vie for the presidential nomination within a party in disarray.
Directed by Franklin J. Schaffner; script by Gore Vidal, based on his 1960 Broadway play; starring Henry Fonda, Cliff Robertson, Edie Adams, Margaret Leighton, Shelley Berman, Lee Tracy [Oscar nom], Ann Sothern, Gene Raymond. Kevin McCarthy, Richard Arlen & [blacklistee] John Henry Faulk
M.G.M. b&w VHS [9/98] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb

"Is Paris Burning?" [1966]

"Last of The Mobile Hot Shots" [1970]

"Gore Vidal's "Myra Breckinridge" [1970]

"Caligola / Caligula" [Italy Aug 1979, USA Feb 1980]
Caligula movie by Bob Guccione  The aging Emperor Tiberius summons his adopted grandson, called Caligula, to Capri, and is murdered. The new Emperor begins as a popular ruler, but soon becomes a raging tyrant. The film revels in the supposed licentious behavior of the Roman aristocracy, with the extended version containing hardcore footage unrelated to the original scenario. Vidal sued to have his name removed from the credits. Produced by Penthouse Films (Bob Guccione); directed by Tinto Brass & Giancarlo Lui; screenplay by Gore Vidal; starring Malcolm McDowell {as Caligula}, Peter O'Toole, John Gielgud, Helen Mirren, Guido Mannari, Adriana Asti, Bruno Brive, Giancarlo Badessi, Paolo Bonacelli, Teresa Ann Savoy, Osiride Pevarello, John Steiner, Mirella D'Angelo, Leopoldo Trieste & Davide The Horse
Image Ent. Imperial Edition widescreen color DVD set [10/2007] 3 disks for $34.99
Image Ent. Unrated Edition widescreen color DVD [10/2007] for $19.99
full credits from IMDb

"A Documentary On The Making of Gore Vidal's Caligula" [1981]
included in the 3-disk box set

"Trailer For A Remake of Gore Vidal's Caligula" [5-minute short 2005]

"Dress Gray" [1986 TV]

Gore Vidal's "Lincoln" miniseries [NBC-TV 1988]
Gore Vidal's Lincoln TV miniseries   Directed by Lamont Johnson; script by Ernest Kinoy, based on Gore Vidal's 1984 novel; starring Sam Waterston, Mary Tyler Moore, Richard Mulligan, Deborah Adair, Tom Brennan, Gregory Cooke, Steven Culp, Ruby Dee, Jerome Dempsey, Jeffrey DeMunn, Jon DeVries, George Ede, Robin Gammell, James Gammon & Glenn Faigen; won D.G.A. Award, won Emmy Award for Directing (plus 6 noms)
Platinum Disc color DVD [7/2004] for $6.99
Atlantic/W.E.A. color VHS [6/95] 2 tapes - out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb

Gore Vidal's "Billy The Kid" TV movie [May 1989]
Billy the Kid tv movie 1989   Lavish production that concentrates more on the relationships than on action.
Directed by William A. Graham, script by Gore Vidal; starring Val Kilmer {as Billy The Kid), Duncan Regehr {as Garrett}, Rene Auberjonois, Wilford Brimley, Julie Carmen & Tom Everett
Warner color VHS [3/93] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDb

"Gore Vidal's American Presidency" [1996 TV mini-series]

Works  About  Gore Vidal
Gore Vidal credits [since 1946] at Internet Movie Database

Views From A Window   "Views From A Window: Conversations With Gore Vidal" [1980]
Edited by Robert J. Stanton & Gore Vidal

Lyle Stuart/Carol 9¼x6½ hardcover [10/80] out of print/many used

"Gore Vidal: The Man Who Said No" documentary film [indep Feb 1984]
Produced & directed by Gary Conklin official movie site full credits from IMDb

Style's The Man: Reflections book by Louis Auchincloss  "The Style's The Man: Reflections On Proust, Fitzgerald, Wharton, Vidal, and Others" [1994] by Louis Auchincloss
Charles Scribner's Sons 8½x5¾ hardcover [9/94] out of print/many, many used
Charles Scribner's Sons hardcover [9/94] out of print/used
18 insightful essays on literary style; topics/subjects include: Ivy Compton-Burnett, William Congreve, F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Gaddis, Henry James, Walter Horatio Pater, Marcel Proust, Samuel Richardson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Gore Vidal, Edith Wharton, Oscar Wilde, Tennessee Williams, Marguerite Yourcenar, and others

"Gore Vidal's Gore Vidal" [BBC TV movie 1995]

Gore Vidal's Palimpsest memoir by Gore Vidal  "Palimpsest: A Memoir" [1995] by Gore Vidal
Penguin 8¼x5½ pb [9/96] for $11.56
Random House 9¾x7 hardcover [10/95] out of print/many used
Gore Vidal biography by Fred Kaplan  "Gore Vidal: A Biography" [1999]
by Fred Kaplan

Anchor 8x5¼ pb [10/2000] out of print/used
Doubleday 9½x6½ hardcover [10/99] out of print/many used
Conversations With Gore Vidal  "Conversations With Gore Vidal" [2005]
Edited by Richard Peabody & Lucinda Ebersole

Univ Press of MS 9x6 pb [2/2005] for $15.60
Univ Press of MS 9x6 hardcover [2/2005] for $50.00
Gore Vidal's Point to Point Navigation memoir  "Point To Point Navigation: A Memoir" [2006] by Gore Vidal
Vintage 8x5 pb [10/2007] for $10.17
Doubleday 9x6¼ hardcover [11/2006] for $17.16
Gore Vidal's United States of Amnesia documentary film by Nicholas Wrathall  "Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia" documentary [indep 2013?]
Gore's premise is that the political right's coup in America has already happened; the film examines how it happened and what it means for democracy around the world.
Co-produced & directed by Nicholas D. Wrathall
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available
partial credits at IMDb April 2013 Kickstarter page official movie site
watch 3/2013 official trailer [2:31] at YouTube

Appearances  by  Gore  Vidal

"Duel: Hamilton vs Burr" TV special [History Channel Aug 2004]
Duel Hamilton vs Burr TV special  70-minute TV documentary filmed in New York City, Washington DC, and Weehawken, New Jersey
Co-produced & directed by Lynn Hughes; written by Christine Intagliata; co-produced & hosted by Richard Dreyfuss; featuring novelist Gore Vidal, biographer Ron Chernow, journalist Richard Brookhiser, historian Joanne Freeman, and other Burr-Hamilton experts
A&E Home Video color DVD [3/2012] for $21.24
credits at IMDb

more info on Spirit of America Bookstore's Alexander Hamilton Page / Famous Duel Section

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L i n k s
Gore Vidal entry at Wikipedia
Gore Vidal's credits [since 1958] at Internet Broadway Database
Gore Vidal credits [since 1946] at Internet Movie Database
browse all Gore Vidal's books at Amazon
browse Gore Vidal's bestsellers at Amazon
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