Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Vale Vidal

And so the greatest essayist in America has passed away at the age of 86. There really isn't anyone like him left.
Jimmy Trimble

Gore Vidal is to be buried at Rock Creek Cemetery, a graveyard in suburban Washington DC next to his life partner Howard Austen who died in 2008 which prompted Vidal's move from the Amalfi Coast in Italy to the Hollywood Hills where he died today from pneumonia.

On one side of Gore and Howard is the grave of Henry Adams (1838-1913) the American journalist, novelist, academic and historian who featured in Vidal's books.

And on the other side is the great love of Gore Vidal's life, indeed the person who he said was the only person he had ever  loved,  Jimmy Trimble who was a school  colleague of Vidal's who died at Iwo Jima in WW2.

Here's the famous encounter between Gore Vidal & William Buckley: