Gore Vidal | Corbis, Photographer unknown | 14370
Gore Vidal has died aged 86 at his home in Los Angeles, of complications from pneumonia. Gore Vidal produced 25 novels, including the best-selling Burr and Myra Breckenridge, more than 200 essays and several plays. He also collaborated in the production of films. His second book, The City and the Pillar, tackled homosexuality, making it highly controversial at the time. Bookshops refused to stock it, and for most of the 1950s he was forced to work under pseudonyms.