Norman Mailer





Norman Mailer


Born
in Long Branch, New Jersey, The United States
January 31, 1923

Died
November 10, 2007

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Norman Kingsley Mailer was an American novelist, journalist, essayist, poet, playwright, screenwriter, and film director.

Along with Truman Capote, Joan Didion, and Tom Wolfe, Mailer is considered an innovator of creative nonfiction, a genre sometimes called New Journalism, but which covers the essay to the nonfiction novel. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize twice and the National Book Award once. In 1955, Mailer, together with Ed Fancher and Dan Wolf, first published The Village Voice, which began as an arts- and politics-oriented weekly newspaper initially distributed in Greenwich Village. In 2005, he won the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters from The National Book Foundation.

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The Executioner's Song

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An American Dream

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The Fight

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The Armies of the Night: Hi...

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The Castle in the Forest

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Tough Guys Don't Dance

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Harlot's Ghost

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Marilyn

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Ancient Evenings

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More books by Norman Mailer…
“I don't think life is absurd. I think we are all here for a huge purpose. I think we shrink from the immensity of the purpose we are here for.”
Norman Mailer

“Writing books is the closest men ever come to childbearing.”
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“Ultimately a hero is a man who would argue with the gods, and so awakens devils to contest his vision.”
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Polls

2015 Fourth Quarter Long Read

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  28 votes, 17.7%

 
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  13 votes, 8.2%

 
  12 votes, 7.6%

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  11 votes, 7.0%

 
  9 votes, 5.7%

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  8 votes, 5.1%

 
  6 votes, 3.8%

 
  5 votes, 3.2%

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  4 votes, 2.5%

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