American Masters: The Education Of Gore Vidal
Airs Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV
Monday, August 6, 2012
Credit: Courtesy of Jane Bown
Gore Vidal (1925–2012) has been entertaining, and outraging, the American public for 50 years, setting new artistic standards for historical fiction and establishing himself as a leading contemporary social satirist.
He was one of the busiest -- and most eclectic -- intellects in literature, writing cautionary tales about sex, politics, art and philosophy. He was at once a contrarian, a wise man and a romantic -- and was also wickedly funny.
In "The Education Of Gore Vidal," a broad cast of interviewees illuminates Vidal’s work, his life, his contradictions, and his ability to dramatize and animate history, while sticking to the truth.
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