Writer Gore Vidal Dies at 86

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Playwright and novelist Gore Vidal, perhaps best known for his controversial work The City and the Pillar, died on Tuesday at the age of 86.

Vidal's nephew Burr Steers tells the Los Angeles Times that his uncle passed away at his home in the Hollywood Hills after complications from pneumonia.

In his prolific career, Vidal wrote 25 novels in addition to Broadway hits like Drawing Room Comedy and An Evening with Richard Nixon; screenplays like Billy the Kid and The Best Man as well as numerous essays.