It is with great sadness that we note the passing of one of the most controversial figures in American literature. Gore Vidal passed away on July 31, 2012. Gore Vidal was a many of prodigious talents: novelist, politician, screen writer and student of American history. His output was staggering but it was overshadowed by his altercations with the likes of Norman Mailer and William F. Buckley. Both literature and politics are lessened by his loss.