Gore Vidal is a recognized classic of American literature, prominent figure of cultural and political life of the United States. Gore Vidal, whose literary career lasted for of decades, is the author of 25 novels, numerous essays – both literary and political, - several short stories, five Broadway plays, dozens of TV and film scripts. His witty and acerbic essays have always considered his best works and were published in many popular newspapers. His prose is aphoristic; he uses uncompromising statements. Mastery of language and descriptions of events established him as a person who understands the world and how it works.
In his essays and numerous appearances on television Gore Vidal has repeatedly called on policy issues as well as issues of feminism, homophobia, and sexual minorities’ fight for their rights. He was an active critic of the US political system. Despite his skepticism about the electorate, Vidal tried to start a political career. He made two attempts, both were unsuccessful: in 1960, he ran for the U.S. Congress from upstate New York, and in 1982, he ran for the Senate from California.
His political statements and attitudes often caused controversy, not less than his literary works. Once, during the scandal with Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky, he proposed to judge Kenneth Starr for attempting to annul the results of two presidential elections.
Being a consistent critic of the U.S. political system, Vidal has long called this system a police state, where Democrats and Republicans are fighting for the interests of the corporations, and the media is only its instrument.
In 2003-2004 Vidal participated in demonstrations against the war in Iraq. He also served on the advisory board ‘The World Cannot Wait’, a left organization that believed that the Bush administration should be condemned by the international tribunal for war crimes.
Vidal’s critique of power and foreign policy in the U.S. is a powerful base to the dominant ideology, echoing not only certain radical scholarships, but also the famous warning by President Eisenhower.
In his essay “Paranoid Politics” Vidal claims that huge sums of money required to run for office, the access of lobbyists to policy makers, the political nature of the senior bureaucracy, the dominance of unelected White House advisers, the fact that control of elections and appointment of Congressional districts is in politicians’ hands rather than impartial authorities represent serious blots on the American claim that theirs is a model of democracy.
Gore Vidal is a recognized classic of American literature, prominent figure of cultural and political life of the United States. Gore Vidal, whose literary career lasted for of decades, is the author of 25 novels, numerous essays – both literary and political, - several short stories, five Broadway plays, dozens of TV and film scripts.