New Delhi, November 10 Norman Mailer, the two times Pulitzer Prize winner passed away at Washington on November 10. He was a dominating presence on the US literary scene across seven decades Mailer, 84, had undergone lung surgery in October. In more than 40 books and a torrent of essays, Mailer provoked and enraged readers with his strident views on US political life, and the wars in Vietnam and Iraq.
Mailer`s first book, "The Naked and the Dead," is considered one of the finest novels about World War-II and made him a celebrity at age of 25 when published in 1948.
Mailer`s works were often filled with violence, sexual obsession and views that angered feminists. He later reconsidered many of his old positions but never surrendered his right to speak his mind.
Detractors considered him an intellectual bully and he feuded with fellow authors like Truman Capote, William Styron, Tom Wolfe and Norman Podhoretz. Feminists like Germaine Greer and Kate Millett considered him the quintessential male chauvinist pig. Some of the feuds even turned physical for the former college boxer, who stabbed one of his six wives at a party and also decked writer Gore Vidal. Dwayne Prickett, his editorial assistant in Provincetown, Massachusetts, confirmed Mailer`s death.