Knowledge Identifier: +Norman_Mailer
Born in 1923.
Countries: United States (56%), United Kingdom (7%), California (7%)
Linked to: The Village Voice, Black Panther Party, Fair Play for Cuba Committee, Oxford University Press
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.
In 1955, he co-founded The Village Voice for which he wrote a column from January to April 1956.
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"
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
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
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
Jack Abbott - In 1977, he read that author Norman Mailer was writing about convicted killer Gary Gilmore
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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