Gore Vidal was born in 1925 at the United States Military Academy at West Point. His first novel, Williwaw, written when he was nineteen years old and serving in the Army, appeared in the spring of 1946. Since then he has written twenty-three novels, five plays, many screenplays, short stories, well over two hundred essays, and a memoir.
"An artistic achievement." --The Washington Post "One of the best novels of its kind. . . . It isn't sentimental, and it is frank without trying to be sensational and shocking." --Christopher Isherwood "A brilliant expos of subterranean life." --The Atlantic Monthly "Frank, shocking . . . extremely sympathetic, penetrating and exhortive." --New York Herald Tribune