Norman Mailer, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Norman Mailer

American novelist, journalist, essayist, playwright, film maker, actor and political candidate

Date of Birth: 31-Jan-1923

Place of Birth: Long Branch, New Jersey, United States

Date of Death: 10-Nov-2007

Profession: screenwriter, actor, writer, poet, historian, playwright, biographer, journalist, stage actor, film director, film producer, novelist, film editor, essayist

Nationality: United States

Zodiac Sign: Aquarius

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About Norman Mailer

  • Norman Kingsley Mailer (January 31, 1923 – November 10, 2007) was an American novelist, journalist, essayist, playwright, film-maker, actor, and liberal political 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 eleven best-selling books, at least one in each of the seven decades after World War II—more than any other post-war American writer.Along with Truman Capote, Joan Didion, Hunter S.
  • Thompson, and Tom Wolfe, Mailer is considered an innovator of creative nonfiction, a genre sometimes called New Journalism, 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".
  • He was a cultural commentator and critic, expressing his views through his novels, journalism, essays, and frequent media appearances.
  • In 1955, Mailer and three others founded The Village Voice, an arts- and politics-oriented weekly newspaper distributed in Greenwich Village.
  • In 1960, he was convicted of assault and served a three-year probation after he stabbed his wife, Adele Morales, with a penknife, nearly killing her.
  • In 1969, he ran an unsuccessful campaign to become the mayor of New York. While principally known as a novelist and journalist, Mailer was not afraid to bend genres and venture outside his comfort zone; he lived a life that seemed to embody an idea that echoes throughout his work: "There was that law of life, so cruel and so just, that one must grow or else pay more for remaining the same."

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