The Daily Beast compiled a list of nine of Vidal's most prominent fights, his opponents including Ayn Rand, Andy Warhol, Norman Mailer and Truman Capote.
Check out Vanity Fair's archive on Vidal, featuring the author's essays on topics that range from Abraham Lincolin's sexuality, Timothy McVeigh and Federico Fellini.
Mediaite reminds us of Vidal's multiple failed attempts to break into politics (as an openly gay Liberal, he was hitting a glass ceiling from the 1960s thru 1980s that politicians still grapple with today), and posts a must-see video of Vidal debating staunch conservative William F. Buckley during ABC's coverage of the 1968 National Democratic Convention. It's a whirlwind of heated and derogatory insults -- Buckley spits "you queer" at Vidal, and Vidal calls Buckely a "proto-crypto-Nazi." See below.