Friends, fans mourn death of author Gore Vidal

Wed Aug 1, 2012 3:00pm EDT
 
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By Patricia Reaney and Alice Baghdjian

NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) - The death of author Gore Vidal at the age of 86 brought tributes from around the globe on Wednesday, as friends and fans mourned the passing of the man remembered as one of America's literary giants.

Vidal, whose biting observations on politics, sex and American culture in novels, plays and essays made him one of the best-known authors of his generation, died at his home in Los Angeles on Tuesday of complications from pneumonia.

"Gore Vidal was the last surviving giant of a postwar crop of American literary giants," said Gerald Howard, the executive editor and vice president at Doubleday, and Gore's editor for more than a decade.

"He was also that rare American writer who spoke not just to his countrymen but to the entire world, which listened closely to what he had to say."

Howard praised Vidal's many achievements and remembered his dashing persona.

"He can't be replaced and he most certainly will be missed. The world just became a duller place," he added.

Michael Coffey, the editorial co-director of the trade magazine Publisher's Weekly, described Vidal as a prolific writer and an entertaining and rollicking storyteller.

"Despite all that productivity he was able to step outside and into the public arena and comment on politics and culture in a very lucid and entertaining way," Coffey said in an interview.   Continued...

 
Writer Gore Vidal is pictured at the "2005 Literary Awards" hosted by PEN USA in Los Angeles in this November 9, 2005 file photo. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/Files