October 3, 1925 – Novelist, essayist and social commentator Gore Vidal is born Eugene Louis Vidal in West Point, New York. His many novels include The City andÂ the Pillar (which featured one of the earliest candid depictions of a homosexual protagonist), the transgressive sex-farce Myra Breckenridge, and Live from Golgotha (about a time traveler attempting to erase Christianity from history), as well as mainstream historical novels such asÂ Burr and Lincoln. One of the mid-20th century America’s most recognized public intellectuals, VidalÂ participated in a series of one-on-one debates, centered around the 1968 Republican and Democratic national conventions, with conservative arch-rival William F. Buckley, Jr.Â Vidal was adamantly “an atheist, not an agnostic,” and said, “Get rid of religion. It’ll do you no good.” Vidal died in 2012, aged 86.
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