Gore Vidal was born in 1925 at the United States Military Academy at West Point. His first novel, Williwaw, written when he was nineteen years old and serving in the Army, appeared in the spring of 1946. Since then he has written twenty-three novels, five plays, many screenplays, short stories, well over two hundred essays, and a memoir.
"An incredibly detailed and convincing picture of the ancient
world." -Anthony Burgess
"Brilliantly realized. . . . Fertile, vivid, and ingenious. . . . [A] surging river of a book." -Mary Renault, The New York Review of Books
"His best novel. . . . There isn't a page of Creation that doesn't inform and very few pages that do not delight" -The New York Times
"Highly literate, stylish, entertaining and provocative." -The Wall Street Journal