Pulitzer Prize winning author Norman Mailer has died at the age of 84-years-old in New York City. Mailer won the Pulitzer Prize twice, for The Executioner’s Song and The Armies of the Night.
He fought in a war and hung out with hippies; he acted, directed and produced several films; he ran for mayor of New York City; he brawled with men and women alike; he befriended killers and bashed presidents; he wrote some of the seminal works of the past century, including 1948′s The Naked and the Dead, the World War II novel that made him famous, and 1979′s spare and powerful The Executioner’s Song, which won him one of his two Pulitzer Prizes.
Mailer was also a director, social commentator and socialite.
“I take it for granted that there’s a side of me that loves public action, and there’s another side of me that really wants to be alone and work and write. And I’ve learned to alternate the two as matters develop.” – Norman Mailer