Gore Vidal has been cited as "our greatest living man of letters," and his books have been translated into twenty languages with total sales exceeding thirty million copies. He has written numerous novels, essays, Broadway plays, motion pictures and television scripts. With his latest book, Hollywood, Gore Vidal completes a series of six novels chronicling U.S. history from 1776 to 1954. The first five, all national best-sellers were: Burr, Lincoln, 1976, Empire and Washington, D.C. Politics, too, have been of vital concern to him. In 1960 he ran for Congress from upstate New York. In 1982 he came in second in a field of eleven in the Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate from California.
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