- NAME: Norman Mailer
- OCCUPATION: Journalist, Author
- BIRTH DATE: January 31, 1923
- DEATH DATE: November 10, 2007
- EDUCATION: Harvard University, The Sorbonne
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Long Branch, New Jersey
- PLACE OF DEATH: New York, New York
- AKA: Nachum Malech Mailer
- Full Name: Norman Kingsley Mailer
- AKA: Nachum Mailer
- AKA: Norman Mailer
- AKA: Andreas Wilson
- AKA: Nachem Malek
- Originally: Nachem Malek Mailer
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Author Norman Mailer used a style combining fiction and journalism to write the Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Executioner's Song.
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He published more than 30 books, including novels, biographies and works of non-fiction, and won two the Pulitzer Prizes—for The Armies of the Night (1968), which also won the National Book Award, and The Executioner's Song (1979).
In 1955, Mailer and friends Daniel Wolf and Edwin Fancher founded The Village Voice newspaper, where he honed his trademark style of hip, bold and controversial writing. In 1959, he proved himself once again with Advertisements for Myself,
a collection of unfinished stories, parts of novels, essays, reviews and notebook jottings. He soon won over a new, younger generation with his subsequent novels, An American Dream (1965) and Why Are We in Vietnam? (1967). The Armies of the Night (1968) was based on the Washington peace demonstrations of October 1967, during which Mailer was jailed and fined for civil disobedience.
Mailer's 1973 biography of Marilyn Monroe, Marilyn, sold more copies than any other of his books except The Naked and the Dead. Highly controversial, he claimed in the work that Monroe had been murdered by the FBI and CIA due to her affair with Robert Kennedy.
In 1969, Mailer ran an unsuccessfully Democratic bid for the New York City mayorship. With Jimmy Breslin as his running mate, even his three-word campaign slogan of "No More Bullshit" was unprintable in news reports and magazines. His left-conservative ideas included a ban on cars in Manhattan and the idea that the city should secede and become the 51st state. John Lindsay eventually won re-election.
Among Mailer's other works are his essay collections The Presidential Papers (1963) and Cannibals and Christians (1966); Ancient Evenings (1983), set in ancient Egypt; Tough Guys Don't Dance (1984), a mystery thriller; and the 1,400-page Harlot's Ghost (1991), a novel focusing on the CIA. In 1995, he published Oswald's Tale, a portrayal of President John F. Kennedy's assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald.
Mailer's last novel, The Castle in the Forest, about Adolf Hitler's childhood, met with strong, positive reviews and landed at No. 5 on The New York Times' best-seller list. The work was published in 2007. Mailer was working on a sequel when he died later that year, on November 10 in New York City.
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