Norman Mailer

((1923-2007) / Long Branch, New Jersey, United States)

Norman Mailer
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Norman Kingsley Mailer (January 31, 1923 – November 10, 2007) was an American novelist, journalist, essayist, playwright, film maker, actor and political candidate. His best work was widely considered to be The Executioner's Song, which was published in 1980, and for which he won one of his two Pulitzer Prizes. In addition to the Pulitzer Prize, Mailer's book Armies of the Night was awarded the National Book Award.

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

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  • ''Revolutions are the periods of history when individuals count most.''
    Norman Mailer (b. 1923), U.S. author. McLeod, in Barbary Shore, ch. 29, Rinehart (1951).
  • ''You do not really wish to hear more of the Battle of Kadesh. Let me say only that human fat, gorged in considerable quantity, has an intoxicating effect. I became ... drunk.''
    Norman Mailer (b. 1923), U.S. author. Menenhetet, in Ancient Evenings, bk. 4, ch. 10, Little, Brown (1983).
  • ''Crude thoughts and fierce forces are my state. I do not know who I am. Nor what I was. I cannot hear a sound. Pain is near that will be like no pain felt before.''
    Norman Mailer (b. 1923), U.S. author. Menenhetet, in Ancient Evenings, preface, Little, Brown (1983). Opening sentence.
  • ''What were the phenomena of the world today? If I knew little else, I knew the answer—war, and the preparations for new war.''
    Norman Mailer (b. 1923), U.S. author. Michael Lovett, in Barbary Shore, ch. 18, Rinehart (1951).
  • ''So the blind will lead the blind, and the deaf shout warnings to one another until their voices are lost.''
    Norman Mailer (b. 1923), U.S. author. Michael Lovett, in Barbary Shore, ch. 33, Rinehart (1951). Concluding sentence.
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