Norman Mailer


Age: 84

author and novelist known as "the macho prince of American letters" by the Associated Press who was one of America's most famous and controversial writers in the years after World War II and became an international celebrity at the age of 25 thanks to his gritty 1948 combat novel The Naked and the Dead based on his experiences as a soldier in the Philippines, who published less successful novels in the 1950's and 1960's but also co-founded the New York newspaper The Village Voice and wrote essays on contemporary issues and personalities including boxing, Hollywood, presidential campaigns, Marilyn Monroe and Lee Harvey Oswald, who was reviled by some and adored by others (he liked publicity and was known to enjoy a good scrap, literary or physicals, somewhat in the mode of Ernest Hemingway), who had twice won the Pulitzer Prize for 1968's The Armies of the Night and 1979's The Executioner's Song and whose 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).

Cause of Death: Renal failure

Born: January 31, 1923

Died: November 10, 2007

New York City, New York