Legendary writer Norman Mailer published his first short story at age eighteen while he was a student at Harvard; "I knew there was only one thing I wanted to be and that was a writer," he once remarked. During World War II, Mailer was drafted into the Army and based his first book The Naked and the Dead on his experiences serving in the South Pacific. Published when Mailer was twenty-five years old, the novel enjoyed enormous success in the United States and brought the author fame worldwide. Co-founder of The Village Voice in 1955, Mailer is well known as an innovator of New Journalism and counter-cultural essays. Beginning in 1960, Mailer covered the Democratic and Republican conventions as a journalist. He fused themes of politics, sex, and violence in his 1965 novel An American Dream. He unsuccessfully ran for Mayor of New York City in 1969. Among many other honors, Mailer won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize in 1968 for The Armies of the Night and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize again in 1980 for The Executioner's Song. He has published over forty books, including most recently The Castle in the Forest, his first novel in over a decade. Mailer writes regularly for The New York Review of Books and the Huffington Post.