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Norman Mailer's 142 Columbia Heights Apartment For Sale (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post   Christopher Mathias   First Posted: 04/15/11 03:20 PM ET   Updated: 06/15/11 06:12 AM ET

Norman Mailer's old apartment in Brooklyn Heights is now on sale, reports The New York Times.

The "combative, controversial and often outspoken novelist who loomed over American letters longer and larger than any writer of his generation" died in 2007.

The apartment is atop a four story brownstone at 142 Columbia Heights, and is furnished basically the way Mailer left it. His very particular and stunning renovations remain intact.

From The New York Times:

So when he decided to remodel his top-floor walk-up apartment more than four decades ago, he set himself a challenge by designing a space that resembled a jungle gym at sea.

The roof was raised and modeled after a crow's nest on a ship, with a series of slender ladders leading up two flights, with landings and small rooms, resembling tiny galleys, on each level.

When asked about the apartment's storied history, Michael Mailer, Norman's son, told The Huffington Post in an email:

There were an interesting parade of writers, musicians, actors and politicos that came over for dinners and parties on a pretty regular basis. I remember Abbie Hoffman came over one night for dinner when he was still technically a fugitive. He had a new girlfriend with him at the time and told me in a drunken moment never to get my tubes tied. I was only 14 and had no idea what he was talking about till I was much older. But the advice stayed with me.

The apartment is on sale for $2.5 million.

Dolores Grant of the Corcoran Group, who also lives in the building, is assisting Mailer's surviving family with the sale.

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