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Clouds and Eclipses: The Collected Short Stories - Gore Vidal One of my favorite Florida authors, James W. Hall was in St. Augustine a few years ago and when I met him I told him I had read all of his books, poetry and short stories. One story I even read twice. He asked with a playful smile, “You didn't get it the first time?” “No,” I explained, “it was in two separate books. I 'got it' the first time.”

These collected stories of Gore Vidal, well, I admit, I did have to go back to re-read a few paragraphs so that I was sure I 'got it.' Vidal is not as easy to read as Jim Hall.

A Thirsty Evil was published originally in 1956 and included seven short stories. Clouds and Eclipses was published in 2005 and included the original seven stories of A Thirsty Evil plus an eighth story, named the title of the book, Clouds and Eclipses.

Vidal’s friend Tennessee Williams, asked him not to publish the story Clouds and Eclipses when the collection was originally gathered for publication. Vidal explains why at the end of this great little collection.

Vidal did not disappoint me at all even though these stories were written early in his career. He still surprised, baffled and used what he’s known for, his biting use of the language.

Some stories, of course, I enjoyed more than others but all of them left me saying out loud, “Ohhh!” Or “ Hum-mm.” And there was even a “Blimey!”

Gore Vidal fans (or not) you can’t go wrong with this collection.

Some quotes from Gore Vidal which I thought were quite interesting and being the author, essayist, screenplays writer and celebrity he was, thought you would enjoy these photographs which are seldom seen.


A good deed never goes unpunished.

If most men and women were forced to rely upon physical charm to attract lovers, their sexual lives would be not only meager but in a youth-worshiping country like America, painfully brief.

Fifty per cent of people won't vote, and fifty per cent don't read newspapers. I hope it's the same fifty per cent.

A narcissist is someone better looking than you are.

Apparently, a democracy is a place where numerous elections are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable candidates.

All in all, I would not have missed this century for the world.
The United States was founded by the brightest people in the country - and we haven't seen them since.

It's not enough to succeed. Others must fail.

Television is now so desperately hungry for material that they're scraping the top of the barrel.

Gore Vidal - October 3, 1925 – July 31, 2012

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21 Year Old Vidal

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Vidal in 1964