Mailer, Norman Kingsley
(1923-2007)
   Born in Long Branch, New Jersey, and brought up in Brooklyn, New York, Norman Mailer graduated with a B.S. from Harvard in 1943 and was drafted into the army during World War II. The experience he gained during the war in the Philippines provided the basis for his best-selling novel The Naked and the Dead (1948), which established him as one of the leading postwar literary figures. He also developed a reputation for his outspoken and often outrageous celebration of pugnacious masculinity, reminiscent in some respects of Ernest Hemingway. Having failed to have his best seller made into a movie, Mailer next produced Barbary Shore (1951), a novel of Cold War politics and the film world.
   He was a cofounder of the journal The Village Voice in 1955 and became one of the proponents of the “new journalism.” Among his work is a collection of essays, Advertisements for Myself (1959); a nonfiction study of the 1967 antiwar march on the Pentagon, Armies of the Night (1968), which won him the Pulitzer Prize; and another nonfiction work, The Executioner’s Song (1979), which also won a Pulitzer. Mailer wrote a total of 39 books, including 11 novels. His last novel, The Castle in the Forest (2007), is a fictional account of Adolf Hitler’s childhood.
   See also Literature and theater.

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