Historian, novelist, essayist and political gadfly Gore Vidal died yesterday at 86. Especially lauded for his essays, he won the National Book Award for Nonfiction in 1993 for the collection United States: Essays 1952–1992. His novels ranged from the satirical transexual comedy Myra Breckinridge to the historical novels Burr and Lincoln. Urbane, witty, versatile, prolific and controversial, Vidal was an American cultural icon. Check Our Catalog for more of his literary works.
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