An Interview with Gore Vidal

Gore Vidal, now in his eighties

In today’s, The Observer Magazine (June 17th), Robert McCrum interviews Gore Vidal.

Though Gore Vidal is perhaps most famous for his second novel, The City and The Pillar, he has partied with Isherwood, slept with Kerouac, dined with Auden, was related to the Kennedys, travelled with Tennessee Williams and befriended Timothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma City bomber. It is as though his own life were his greatest creation. Vidal’s ferocious wit ensured his standing as one of the greats of American letters. But now, at 81, a frailty is giving his fury an unexpected vulnerability.

Read McCrum’s interview, titled ‘The Lion in Winter’, by clicking the link.