Typewriters and Mug Shots: The Top 10 Literary Outlaws

7. Norman Mailer

After his arrest for stabbing his second wife, Adele Morales, with a pen knife in 1960, Norman Mailer told the judge, ”It is important to me not to be sent automatically to some mental institution, because for the rest of my life my work will be considered as the work of a man with a disordered mind. My pride is that as a sane man I can explore areas of experience that other men are afraid of.” Nevertheless, he was sent to Bellevue Hospital for a little over two weeks, after Adele decided not to press charges.