Norman Kingsley Mailer | Brief Biography


Norman Kingsley Mailer | Brief Biography

Norman Kingsley Mailer  Brief Biography

Norman Kingsley Mailer | Brief Biography

Norman Kingsley Mailer was an American novelist, journalist, and playwright. He was born on January 31, 1923, in Long Branch, New Jersey, and died on November 10, 2007, in Manhattan, New York City. He was one of the most influential writers of the second half of the 20th century and is considered one of America’s greatest novelists.

Mailer was the son of Fanny Schneider, a nurse, and Isaac Barnett Mailer, a department store owner. He grew up in Brooklyn, New York and was educated at Boys’ High School. He then attended Harvard University, where he studied aeronautical engineering before switching to a major in English. After serving in the Philippines and Japan during World War II as a member of the U.S. Army, Mailer returned to Harvard and received his degree in journalism in 1948.

Mailer’s first book, “The Naked and the Dead,” was published in 1948. The novel was based on his experiences in the war and was an instant success, making him one of the most famous writers of his generation. He went on to write many more novels, including “Barbary Shore” (1951), “Deer Park” (1955), “An American Dream” (1965), “Why Are We in Vietnam?” (1967), “The Armies of the Night” (1968), “Miami and the Siege of Chicago” (1968), “Of a Fire on the Moon” (1971), “Exodus” (1974), and “Ancient Evenings” (1983).

In addition to his novels, Mailer was also a highly influential essayist and journalist. He wrote many articles and essays on politics, society, and culture, and was a frequent commentator on the political and social issues of the day. He was also a filmmaker and playwright, and wrote the script for the film “Wild 90” (1967) and the play “The Deer Park” (1976).

Throughout his life, Norman Kingsley Mailer was a controversial figure, known for his outspoken and sometimes outrageous views on politics, society, and culture. He was also a charismatic and flamboyant personality, known for his love of women, alcohol, and drugs. Despite his many flaws, however, he was also a brilliant and insightful writer, and his contributions to American literature are widely recognized. 0 0 0.


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