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Gore Vidal dies; imperious gadfly and prolific, graceful writer was 86

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Image uploaded from a quicklink Gore Vidal, 86, a celebrated writer, cultural gadfly and occasional political candidate, died of pneumonia Tuesday at his Hollywood Hills home, according to a nephew. Known for his urbanity and wit -- "Every time a friend succeeds, I die a little" -- Vidal's literary career spanned more than 60 years, and he once said that he hoped to be remembered as "the person who wrote the best sentences of his time."

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