The following is a personality profile of Norman Mailer based on his work.
Norman Mailer is unconventional and somewhat inconsiderate.
He is laid-back, he appreciates a relaxed pace in life. He is carefree as well: he does what he wants, disregarding rules and obligations. But, Norman Mailer is also intermittent: he has a hard time sticking with difficult tasks for a long period of time.
More than most people, his choices are driven by a desire for discovery.
He is also relatively unconcerned with tradition: he cares more about making his own path than following what others have done. Considers helping others to guide a large part of what he does: he thinks it is important to take care of the people around him.
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The Armies of the Night: History as a Novel / The Novel as History
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