November 12, 2007
Literary Giant Dies
Norman Mailer dies less than a month after his book on God is published.
Novelist and New Journalist Norman Mailer died Saturday morning of renal failure at age 84. A controversial but highly recognized writer, Mailer pushed the boundaries of content and style, even tackling the subject of God and religion in his last work, "On God: An Uncommon Conversation."
"In probing, amusing, and uncommon dialogues conducted over three years but whose topics he has considered for decades, Mailer establishes his own system of belief, one that rejects both organized religion and atheism," according to a statement issued Monday [September 24, 2007] by Random House.
"He presents instead an artistic God who often succeeds but can also fail in the face of contrary powers in the universe, with whom war is waged for the souls of humans."
For more on this writer who helped changed the landscape of both fiction and non-fiction while garnering great praise and criticism, visit these links.