Signed 8 x 10 image of the famous writer, born Norman Kingsley Mailer in 1923. Norman Mailer is one of the most famous and controversial post-World War II American writers, a novelist and journalist who won the Pulitzer prize for The Armies of the Night (1968) and The Executioner's Song (1979). Mailer became an international literary figure at the age of 25, thanks to the success of The Naked and the Dead (1948), a gritty and realistic novel based on his war experiences in the Philippines. He published less successful novels in the 1950s and '60s and began writing essays on contemporary issues and personalities, including boxing, Hollywood, presidential campaigns, Marilyn Monroe and Lee Harvey Oswald. Famous for his irascible personality and known for being as reviled as he is adored, Mailer's other books include Advertisements For Myself (1959), a collection of writings that includes the widely read essay 'The White Negro,' and the novels Ancient Evenings (1983) and Tough Guys Don't Dance (1984).
Mailer has written several screenplays, including for The Naked and the Dead, The Executioner's Song and Tough Guys Don't Dance (a movie he also directed)... Like his contemporary Gore Vidal, Mailer has dabbled in politics -- he ran for mayor of New York City in 1969 and lost... In 2005 he was given an award for lifetime achievement by the National Book Foundation (they give out National Book Awards).
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