January 31, 1923, Long Branch, New Jersey – November 10, 2007, New York
Norman Kingsley Mailer was an American novelist, journalist, essayist, playwright, film maker, actor and political activist, best known for using a form of journalism, called New Journalism, that combines the imaginative subjectivity of literature with the more objective qualities of journalism. Both Mailer’s fiction and his nonfiction made a radical critique of the totalitarianism he believed inherent in the centralized power structure of 20th and 21st century America.
While he was enrolled at the Sorbonne, in Paris, he wrote The Naked and the Dead (1948), hailed immediately as one of the finest American novels to come out of World War II.
His next important work was a long essay, The White Negro (1957), a sympathetic study of a marginal social type, the hipster.
Norman Mailer – Oh My America Part 2, Beyond The Revolution