Remembering Orson Welles, by Gore Vidal

A classic essay, and ultimately a very moving tribute to a dead friend. Vidal marshals his prodigious literary talent to evoke both the man and his last screenplay, never filmed, a poignant posthumous gift and act of artistic generosity.

The end of this essay is pure Welles; touchingly, and fittingly, Vidal puts his own persona aside and leaves the stage to the great magician.