"Gore Vidal" was an American writer (novels, essays, screenplays, stage plays) and a public intellectual known for his Patrician (ancient Rome)/patrician manner, epigrammatic wit, and polished style of writing. As Eugene Louis Vidal, he was born to a political family; his maternal grandfather was Thomas Pryor Gore, U.S. Senator for Oklahoma (1907–21 and 1931–37). As Gore Vidal, he was a Democratic Party (United States)/Democratic Party politician who twice sought elected office; first to the House of Representatives (New York State, 1960), then to the Senate (California, 1982).If you enjoy these quotes, be sure to check out other famous novelists! More Gore Vidal on Wikipedia.