The Los Angeles Times is reporting Vidal died on Tuesday (local time) at his home in Hollywood Hills of pneumonia complications. The paper wrote: Gore Vidal, the iconoclastic writer, savvy analyst and imperious gadfly on the national conscience, has died. He was 86. Vidal died Tuesday at his home in the Hollywood Hills of complications of pneumonia, said nephew Burr Steers.
The Associated Press has tweeted that Vidal’s nephew has confirmed his death to them. Vidal’s official website Gore Vidal Now is also reporting his death.
Born in New York and raised in Washington D.C., Vidal began a career in writing at the age of 19. His first novel Williwar focused on World War II, and he then went on to write a mystery series. In total Vidal authored 25 novels, including historical works Lincoln and Burr, many of which he wrote from a house built on a cliff ledge at Ravello, along Italy’s breathtaking Amalfi coast.
Vidal also wrote Broadway hits, films and television shows. In the US Vidal is more respected as an essayist than a novelist, his bright sharp mind will be missed, his social commentary was a large contributor to the conscience of the US. In 2009, Vidal won the annual Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters from the National Book foundation, which called him a “prominent social critic on politics, history, literature, and culture”.