mailer, norman

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A twentieth-century American writer whose first novel, The Naked and the Dead, based on his wartime experiences, established him as a major novelist. His works of New Journalism — personal, sometimes fictionalized accounts of current political events — include The Armies of the Night and The Executioner's Song, a so-called true life novel about the death of convicted killer, Gary Gilmore.

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