Norman Mailer, one of the 20th century's literary lions and a pioneer of the genre that came to be known as New Journalism, died this morning. He was 84. His career spanned 6 decades and more than 40 books, from 1948's The Naked and the Dead to this year's The Castle in the Forest, and he was nearly as well known for his colorful personal life.
A pugnacious, larger-than-life character who courted publicity and controversy, Mailer had six wives—one of whom he famously stabbed at a party in 1960—ran for mayor of New York, cofounded the Village Voice, and won two Pulitzer Prizes, for The Armies of the Night (also a National Book Award winner) and The Executioner's Song. Survivors include nine children and at least one archrival, Gore Vidal.