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Norman Mailer

Novelist Norman Mailer

Profession: Novelist

Nationality:
United States of America
American

Why Famous: Norman Mailer gained literary fame with his early novel "The Naked and the Dead" when it was published in 1948. He went on to write 12 novels including "The Executioner's Song" for which he won one of his two Pulitzer Prizes in 1979.

Mailer was an important counter-culture figure and activist in post war America. In 1960 he co-founded "The Village Voice" in Greenwich, New York. He was part of a change in non-fiction writing called "New Journalism", seen in his famous essay "The White Negro" (1957) and book "The Armies of the Night" which centered on the 1967 march on the Pentagon, part of the protests against the Vietnam War.

Born: January 31, 1923
Birthplace: NYC, New York, USA

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dog
Star Sign: Aquarius

Died: November 10, 2007 (aged 84)
Cause of Death: Renal failure

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  • 1980-11-11 Novelist Norman Mailer (57) weds Norris Church (31) in Brooklyn, New York

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