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TheDailyBeast: Summer 2012's Lost Legends

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Gore Vidal

(Oct. 3, 1925–July 31, 2012)

Gore Vidal’s words were both incomparably clever—“Every time a friend succeeds, I die a little”—and timeless. His shrewd political play "The Best Man" was as resonant in its recent hit Broadway revival as it was when it was first staged in 1960. An author, a playwright, a commentator, and, briefly, a politician, Vidal died July 31 at age 86. Beginning as a teenager, he wrote 25 novels, including "Lincoln, Burr," and "Myra Breckenridge." His 1948 work "The City and the Pillar" was so controversial (it featured openly gay characters) that The New York Times refused to review his next few books. Rebellious and political-minded, he ran for office twice, though he lost both times.

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