Renowned author, screenwriter, playwright, essayist and political activist Gore Vidal has passed away after complications of pneumonia.
In 86 years of life, he wrote over a dozen screenplays, eight plays and 25 novels. He famously created controversy in 1948 with his third book, The City and the Pillar, which was one of the first novels in American literature to feature unambiguous homosexuality.
The literary icon was also heavily influenced by politics and wasn't afraid to share his own in a number of essays criticizing our country and its culture.
Rest in peace, sir! Your life's work will continue to influence the social and literary landscape for decades to come.
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