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Norman Mailer

Knowledge Identifier: +Norman_Mailer


Norman Mailer

American novelist, journalist, essayist, poet, playwright, screenwriter, and film directoradd

Category: Literature

Born in 1923.

Countries: United States (56%), United Kingdom (7%), California (7%)

Main connections: The Naked and the Dead, John F. Kennedy, Jack Abbott

Linked to: The Village Voice, Black Panther Party, Fair Play for Cuba Committee, Oxford University Press




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Norman Mailer was born in 1923 add something


His second sister, Norma, was born in 1930. add something


Raised in Brooklyn, New York, he graduated from Boys' High School and entered Harvard University in 1939, where he studied aeronautical engineering. add something


At Harvard, he became interested in writing and published his first story at the age of 18, winning Story magazine's college contest in 1941. add something


After graduating in 1943, he was drafted into the U.S. Army. add something


In 1948, while continuing his studies at the Sorbonne in Paris, Mailer published The Naked and the Dead, based on his military service in World War II. A New York Times best seller for 62 weeks, it was hailed by many as one of the best American wartime novels and named one of the "one hundred best novels in English language" by the Modern Library. add something


The Naked and the Dead - "'The Naked and the Dead"' is a 1948 novel by Norman Mailer


Mailer married his second wife, Adele Morales, in 1954. add something


In 1955, he co-founded The Village Voice for which he wrote a column from January to April 1956. add something


William Campbell (film actor) - Campbell's surprisingly powerful performance received generally good notices from critics, but it did very little for his career; his next several roles were again providing support to lead actors, including "Love Me Tender" and the 1958 film version of Norman Mailer's "The Naked and the Dead


James Best - He was further cast as Private Rhidges in the 1958 film adaptation of Norman Mailer's "The Naked and the Dead"


Denis Sanders - In 1958 he teamed up again with Sanders to adapt Norman Mailer's World War II novel "The Naked and the Dead"


Adventure (magazine) - Nevertheless, this version of "Adventure" did sometimes publish fiction by noted authors, including a story by Norman Mailer, "The Paper House" in the December 1958 issue


He covered the Republican and Democratic National Conventions in 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972, 1992, and 1996, although his account of the 1996 Democratic convention has never been published. add something


In 1960, Mailer wrote "Superman Comes to the Supermarket" for Esquire magazine, an account of the emergence of John F. Kennedy during the Democratic party convention. add something


In the early 1960s he was fixated on the figure of President John F. Kennedy, whom he regarded as an "existential hero. add something


In September of 1961 Mailer was one of the original original twenty-nine prominent American sponsors of the Fair Play for Cuba Committee organization that was the same organization that alleged John F. Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald became a member of in 1963. add something


His fourth marriage, in 1963, was to Beverly Bentley, a former model turned actress. add something


In December of 1963 Mailer and several of the other sponsors left it. add something


Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald became a member of in 1963. add something


It is an exploration of the unspoken dramas of the CIA from the end of WWII to 1965. add something


In March 1965, Dial Press published a revised version. add something


In October 1967, he was arrested for his involvement in an anti-Vietnam War demonstration at the Pentagon. add something


Robert Lowell - His participation in the October 1967 peace march in Washington, DC and his subsequent arrest would be described in the early sections of Norman Mailer's "The Armies of the Night"


Miami and the Siege of Chicago: An Informal History of the Republican and Democratic Conventions of 1968. add something


University of Minnesota Press, 1968. add something


In 1969, at the suggestion of Gloria Steinem, his friend the political essayist Noel Parmentel and others, he ran unsuccessfully in the Democratic Party primary for Mayor of New York City, allied with columnist Jimmy Breslin, proposing the creation a 51st state through New York City secession. add something


A 1971 interview with Norman Mailer was not going well. add something


Diane Arbus - Although some of Arbus's photographs have sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars at auction, Arbus's work has provoked controversy; for example, Norman Mailer was quoted in 1971 as saying "Giving a camera to Diane Arbus is like putting a live grenade in the hands of a child


D. H. Lawrence - This damaged his reputation in some quarters, although Norman Mailer came to Lawrence's defence in "The Prisoner of Sex" in 1971


Jacqueline Ceballos - In 1971, Ceballos served as president of New York NOW. She appeared in the April 30, 1971 town hall debate titled "A Dialogue on Women's Liberation with Norman Mailer, Germaine_Greer, Diana Trilling, Jacqueline Ceballos, Jill Johnston"


Gore Vidal - On the December 15, 1971 taping of "The Dick Cavett Show", with Janet Flanner, Norman Mailer allegedly head-butted Vidal during an altercation prior to their appearance on the show


Mailer wrote a Playboy article about Elmo Henderson, a boxer who had defeated Muhammad Ali in 1972. add something


Jack Gelber - New York Shakespeare Festival - In 1973 the New York Shakespeare Festival produced "Barbary Shore", Gelber's adaptation of a 1951 novel written by Norman Mailer


Norris Church Mailer - She had read Norman Mailer's biography of Marilyn Monroe and arranged in 1975 to attend a party in Russellville, Arkansas at which he was a guest


Elmo Henderson - Norman Mailer wrote a "Playboy" article about Henderson in the May 1975 issue


In 1977, Abbott had read about Mailer's work on The Executioner's Song and wrote to Mailer, offering to enlighten the author about Abbott's time behind bars and the conditions he was experiencing. add something


Jack Abbott - In 1977, he read that author Norman Mailer was writing about convicted killer Gary Gilmore


The Executioner's Song Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1979. add something


Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1980. add something


From 1980 until his death in 2007, he contributed to Democratic Party candidacies for political office. add something


In 1980, Mailer spearheaded convicted killer Jack Abbott's successful bid for parole. add something


In 1980, The Executioner's Song—Mailer's novelization of the life and death of murderer Gary Gilmore—won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. add something


Joseph McElroy - In 1980, McElroy and his class at Queens College interviewed Norman Mailer


Wilkes University - The Max Rosenn Lecture Series in Law and Humanities was established in the 1980s, and brought many speakers to the university including author Norman Mailer, Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, and journalist Bob Woodward


Jack Abbott - He was released from prison in 1981 after gaining praise for his writing and being lauded by a number of high-profile literary critics, including author Norman Mailer


Tommy Lee Jones - In 1983, he received an Emmy for Best Actor for his performance as murderer Gary Gilmore in a TV adaptation of Norman Mailer's "The Executioner's Song"


Lloyd Cole - The Commotions' 1984 debut, "Rattlesnakes", contained literary and pop culture references to such figures as Arthur Lee, Norman Mailer, Grace_Kelly, Eva Marie Saint, Simone de Beauvoir, Truman Capote, and Joan Didion


Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - While it was clear that the publication of "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" was controversial from the outset, Norman Mailer, writing in "The New York Times" in 1984, concluded that Twain's novel was not initially "too unpleasantly regarded


Arthur Miller, playwright and former husband to Marilyn Monroe, wrote in his 1987 autobiography Timebends of Mailer's biography that, " was himself in drag, acting out his own Hollywood fantasies of fame and sex unlimited and power. add something


In 1987, he adapted and directed a film version of his novel Tough Guys Don't Dance, starring Ryan O'Neal and Isabella Rossellini, which has become a minor camp classic. add something


Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 1988. add something


In 1989, Mailer joined with a number of other prominent authors in publicly expressing support for colleague Salman Rushdie in the wake of the fatwa calling for Rushdie's assassination issued by Iran's Islamic government for his having authored The Satanic Verses. add something


Booknotes interview with Mailer on Oswald's Tale, June 25, 1995. add something


Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998. add something


Warren Zevon - An affiliated project for which Zevon both played and wrote liner notes is the offbeat 1998 album "Stranger Than Fiction", a two CD set attributed to the Wrockers containing rock covers and originals by many of the Remainders authors plus such notables as Norman Mailer and Maya Angelou


Michael Cimino - Later that year, the French Minister of Culture decorated him Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres and the Prix Littéraire Deauville 2001, an *award that previously went to Norman Mailer and Gore Vidal


In 2003, in a speech to the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, just before the invasion of Iraq, Mailer said: "Fascism is more of a natural state than democracy. add something


Bob Carr - Carr appeared on stage at the 2004 Sydney Festival in conversation with Sir Tom Stoppard and has associated with other writers including Gore Vidal and Norman Mailer


James T. Farrell - On the 100th anniversary of Farrell's birth, Norman Mailer was a panelist at the New York Public Library's "James T. Farrell Centenary Celebration" on February 25, 2004 along with Pete Hamill, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. and moderator Donald Yannella


In 2005, Mailer co-wrote a book with his youngest child, John Buffalo Mailer, entitled The Big Empty. add something


Norman Mailer died in 2007 add something


His final novel, The Castle in the Forest, which focused on Hitler's childhood, reached number five on the Times best-seller list after publication in January 2007, and received stronger reviews than any of his books since The Executioner's Song. add something


Mailer died of acute renal failure on November 10, 2007, a month after undergoing lung surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan, New York add something


Cooper Union - He appeared a third time on April 23, 2007, along with Senator Edward Kennedy, Henry Kissinger, Norman Mailer, and others, at the memorial service for historian Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. Most recently, Barack Obama delivered an economic policy speech at Cooper Union's Great Hall on April 22, 2010


In 2008, Carole Mallory, a former mistress, sold seven boxes of documents and photographs to Harvard University, Norman Mailer's Alma Mater add something


In 2008, The Norman Mailer Center and The Norman Mailer Writers Colony, a non-profit organization for educational purposes, was established to honor Norman Mailer add something


Lawrence Schiller - In 2008, after the death of the writer Norman Mailer, he was named Senior Advisor to the Norman Mailer Estate and is the Managing Director of the Norman Mailer Writers Colony, in Provincetown, MA, which he created with Norris Mailer


Among its programs is the Norman Mailer Prize established in 2009 add something


In 2014, Mailer's biographer J. Michael Lennon chose 712 of those letters and published them in "Selected Letters of Norman Mailer", which covers the period between the 1940s and the early 2000s add something


In February 2018, the Library of America will publish a two-volume collection of Mailer's works from the sixties: one volume will be devoted to fiction and the other to his essays and journalism add something


In March 2018, the Library of America published a two-volume collection of Mailer's works from the sixties: "Four Books of the 1960s" and "Collected Essays of the 1960s" add something


In May 2018, the Norman Mailer Society and the city of Long Branch, New Jersey co-sponsored the installation of a bronze plaque where the Mailer family's Queen-Anne style hotel, the Scarboro, used to stand on the city's beachfront add something