Search Results: "Norman Mailer"


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NORMAN MAILER by J. Michael Lennon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"Detailed and anecdotal without being gossipy (a yarn concerning a nicotine-addicted cat notwithstanding) and a must-read for students and admirers of Mailer's work."
Appropriately sprawling biography of the larger-than-life writer, brawler, provocateur and bon vivant. Read full book review >

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THE LIVES OF NORMAN MAILER by Carl Rollyson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

Literary biography of Mailer by the well-received author of Nothing Ever Happens to the Brave: The Story of Martha Gellhorn (1990) and Lillian Hellman (1988). Read full book review >

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SELECTED LETTERS OF NORMAN MAILER by Norman Mailer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"An intriguing look at a particularly influential life of letters and a treat for Mailer fans."
The late literary lion's archivist shares 70 years of his missives. Read full book review >

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THE TIME OF OUR TIME by Norman Mailer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 6, 1998

"Still, this is a unique, and very useful, work, and certainly the best possible introduction to one of the most prodigious careers in modern American letters."
Anticipating his eventual biographers by identifying the themes that have animated his work, and apparently anxious to remind the current literary audience of some of the highlights in his massive body of work and lengthy career, Mailer has come up with a typically idiosyncratic version of an anthology. Read full book review >

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OSWALD'S TALE by Norman Mailer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1995

"Judicious, painstaking, and imaginative, this should be a central book in a growing and undependable canon."
Mailer subtly exercises his novelist's imagination and expends considerable journalistic shoe-leather probing our central cultural conundrum — Lee Harvey Oswald: Patsy or Lone Assassin? Read full book review >

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MARILYN by Norman Mailer
Released: Aug. 1, 1973

"The dazzling transaction that was Marilyn is all that matters and her immanent allure — so hard to isolate or perpetuate — is as palpable as it ever was."
The necessary specifics first (before you flinch at the one with the dollar sign above) — this is a coffee-table-shaped photovisual presentation of Marilyn including some 100 photographs (full page, black and white or color) representing the work of 24 major photographers. Read full book review >

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EXISTENTIAL ERRANDS by Norman Mailer
Released: April 17, 1972

"In contrast to this stands Mailer's own 'existentialism' — not the big-E kind but something close to the philosophy of the traveling salesman who thinks existentialism means God-is-dead-do-what-you-want — from that vantage point it's hard to generate artistic commitment or even, as in the case of this collection, bellelettristic accomplishment."
Maybe Prisoner of Sex revitalized Mailer for detractors as well as admirers, but you don't have to be a feminist to put this book down. Read full book review >

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THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO THE SON by Norman Mailer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1997

"It's lucid, competent, to all appearances sincere—and thoroughly unexceptional."
One of the most curious products of Mailer's perpetually surprising career, this gracefully written short novel chronicles the life of Jesus, as told by Himself long after his crucifixion and assumption into heaven. Read full book review >

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ANCIENT EVENINGS by Norman Mailer
Released: April 25, 1983

"And though there are passages of vividly exotic Egyptology, along with a few of coarsely amusing anachronism, this flatly episodic epic most often seems embalmed in its own obsessions—with little to reward the many readets who'll be drawn by the Mailer name and the media interest."
Egypt, 1100 B.C.: a narrator without memory ("I still did not know who I was, nor how old I might be") finds himself in the Necropolis, in the tomb of young, dead nobleman Menenhetet the Second. . . and only slowly realizes that he is in fact "nothing but the poor Ka" (part of the soul) of Meni II. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 25, 1976

"Appropriately, a Miller chronology is appended."
In 1959, Mailer notes, Lawrence Durrell put together an anthology of his friend Henry Miller's "least obscene writings." Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 25, 1971

"Everything is represented but The Prisoner of Sex in this mailange introduced by Lucid."
. . . a long patrol into the territory of Mailer's writing," including four chapters of The Naked and the Dead, six selections from Advertisements for Myself, early portions of An American Dream, some poems and stories from Cannibals and Christians, up through bits from Of a Fire on the Moon. Read full book review >