Norman Mailer
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Norman Mailer

Norman Kingsley Mailer (January 31, 1923 - November 10, 2007) was an American novelist, journalist, essayist, playwright, film-maker, actor and political activist. His novel The Naked and the Dead was published in 1948. His best-known work was widely considered to be The Executioner's Song, which was published in 1979, and for which he won one of his two Pulitzer Prizes. In addition to the Pulitzer Prize, his book Armies of the Night was awarded the National Book Award.

Along with Truman Capote, Hunter S. Thompson and Tom Wolfe, Mailer is considered an innovator of creative nonfiction, a genre sometimes called New Journalism, which uses the style and devices of literary fiction in fact-based journalism.

Mailer was also known for his essays, the most renowned of which was "The White Negro." He was a cultural commentator and critic, expressing his views through his novels, journalism, essays and frequent media appearances.

In 1955, Mailer and four others founded The Village Voice, an arts- and politics-oriented weekly newspaper distributed in Greenwich Village.
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    • By: Norman Mailer
    • Narrated by: Maxwell Hamilton
    • Length: 42 hrs and 37 mins
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    • By W Perry Hall on 05-21-18

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    • By: Norman Mailer
    • Narrated by: John Buffalo Mailer
    • Length: 26 hrs and 14 mins
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    • The Armies of the Night

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    • By: Norman Mailer
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
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    • The Fight

    • By: Norman Mailer
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    • In the Red Light

    • A History of the Republican Convention in 1964
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    • The Deer Park

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    • By Nancy in MA on 12-08-17

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