Gore Vidal (1925-2012) was born at the United States
Military Academy at West Point. His first novel, Williwaw,
written when he was 19 years old and serving in the army, appeared
in the spring of 1946. He wrote 23 novels, five plays, many
screenplays, short stories, well over 200 essays, and a memoir.
CAMILLE PAGLIA is the University Professor of Humanities and Media Studies at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. A regular contributor to Salon.com, she is the author of Glittering Images; Break, Blow, Burn; Vamps & Tramps; Sex, Art, and American Culture; and Sexual Personae.