American Masters: The Education Of Gore Vidal
Airs Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV
Monday, August 6, 2012
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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