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In pictures: Norman Mailer's life

Norman Mailer in 2000

Norman Mailer, one of America's most celebrated and controversial authors, has died from renal failure aged 84.

Undated file pic of Norman Mailer

A Harvard graduate and veteran of World War II, Mailer became a literary sensation with his 1948 novel The Naked and the Dead.

Mailer with his wife Adele in 1960

His private life was colourful. In 1960 he was accused of stabbing his second wife Adele with a knife. She failed to press charges.

Mailer with wife Beverly, right, and daughter Susie in 1969

Mailer, who was accused of being sexist by feminists, was married six times and had nine children.

Norman Mailer with Muhammad Ali in 1965

Mailer was a fan of boxing, and wrote a biography of heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali.

Mailer at a 1966 rally against the Vietnam War

An avowed leftist, he helped set up New York's Village Voice newspaper and was a critic of US involvement in Vietnam.

Gunther Grass and Norman Mailer (r) in June 2007

At the end of a six-decade literary career, Mailer, here with Gunther Grass this year, said his work was inspired by love for America - and disappointment it did not live up to its ideals.

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