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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 Naked and the Dead

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The Executioner's Song

4.06 avg rating — 20,554 ratings — published 1979 — 58 editions
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The Fight

4.06 avg rating — 4,559 ratings — published 1975 — 45 editions
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An American Dream

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The Armies of the Night: Hi...

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Tough Guys Don't Dance

3.51 avg rating — 3,109 ratings — published 1984 — 62 editions
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The Castle in the Forest

3.15 avg rating — 2,957 ratings — published 2007 — 56 editions
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Harlot's Ghost

3.87 avg rating — 2,250 ratings — published 1991 — 3 editions
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Ancient Evenings

3.43 avg rating — 1,883 ratings — published 1983 — 41 editions
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Marilyn

3.76 avg rating — 1,706 ratings — published 1973 — 47 editions
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Quotes by Norman Mailer  (?)
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“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.”
Norman Mailer

“Ultimately a hero is a man who would argue with the gods, and so awakens devils to contest his vision.”
Norman Mailer

Polls

First Quarter Long Read Poll of 2020

The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri 789 pages - 1320
 
  131 votes, 43.1%

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving 637 pages - 1989
 
  59 votes, 19.4%

The Executioner's Song by Norman Mailer 1056 pages - 1979
 
  34 votes, 11.2%

A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth 1474 pages - 1993
 
  29 votes, 9.5%

Space by James A. Michener 808 pages - 1982
 
  26 votes, 8.6%

The Winds of War by Herman Wouk 896 pages - 1971
 
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