Norman Kingsley Mailer, 1923 - 2007

portrait of Norman Mailer
Miami Book Fair, photo from Miama Dade County Archives (14 November 1988)

Born: 31 January 1923, Long Branch, New Jersey
Died: 10 November 2007, New York City

Mailer was born at Long Branch, New Jersey and raised in Brooklyn where he wrote a 250-page story at age nine. He went to Harvard where he didn't fit in well, and got a degree in aeronautical engineering that he doesn't seem to have ever used. He hoped to go to Europe to see the war so he could write a book about it, but the Army sent him to the Philippines, the book was called "The Naked and the Dead" and established him as a major writer at age 25. He won two Pulitzers, six wives, fathered nine children, and was jailed for anti-war demonstrations.

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