Norman Mailer

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Date of Birth January 31, 1923
Place of Birth Long Branch, New Jersey
Date of Death Nov 10, 2007 (84)
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Norman Mailer

Norman Kingsley Mailer was an American novelist, journalist, essayist, playwright, film-maker, actor, and socialist activist. His novel The Naked and the Dead was published in 1948 and brought him early and wide renown. His 1968 nonfiction novel Armies of the Night won the Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction as well as the National Book Award. His best-known work is widely considered to be The Executioner's Song, the 1979 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. In over six decades of work, Mailer had 11 best-selling books, at least one in each of the seven decades after World War II—more than any other post-war American writer. Mailer is considered an innovator of "creative non-fiction" or "New Journalism", along with Truman Capote, Joan Didion, Hunter S. Thompson, and Tom Wolfe, a genre which uses the style and devices of literary fiction in fact-based journalism. Mailer was also known for his essays, the most famous and reprinted of which is "The White Negro".

Born: Norman Kingsley Mailer, January 31, 1923, Long Branch, New Jersey
Died: November 10, 2007, Manhattan, New York City
Occupation: Novelist, essayist, journalist, columnist, poet, playwright
Nationality: American
Alma mater: Harvard University
Period: 1941–2007
Children: 9, including Susan, Kate, Michael, Stephen, and John
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About Norman Mailer

Author of fiction and non-fiction who received the Pulitzer Prize for both The Executioner's Song (1979) and The Armies of the Night (1968). His well-known essays and essay collections include The White Negro (1957) and The Presidential Papers (1963).

Before Fame

After studying aeronautical engineering at Harvard University, he served in the U.S. Army during World War II. In 1948, he published his debut work, a semi-autobiographical novel called The Naked and the Dead.

Achievement

He co-founded the popular New York City newspaper, The Village Voice, in 1955, and became known for his works of New Journalism (also called creative nonfiction).

Family Life

He married his first wife, Beatrice Silverman, in 1944. He was married and divorced four more times before marrying sixth wife, Norris Church Mailer, in 1980 (the couple remained married until Norman Mailer's death). Through his six marriages, he fathered nine children.

Associations

Author Jules Feiffer received a Pulitzer Prize for his work in The Village Voice, a publication that Mailer helped establish.

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