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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Released: April 1, 1976

"The inclusion of photographs seems a mistake; Mailer's politics zoom larger than life."
To muse over like old film clips in this election year, here are Mailer's four newsmaking reports of conventions past—including the whole of Miami and the Siege of Chicago—with a preface that invites us to consider them together. Read full book review >

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THE FIGHT by Norman Mailer
NON-FICTION
Released: July 21, 1975

"Go in peace to the bar.'"
Norman Mailer, rechristened No'min, takes on the heart of Blackness in darkest Africa as he plunges into the vital spirits of Muhammad Ali and George Foreman in their recent Heavyweight title clash in Zaire (once the huge protectorate of the Congo), and comes up a winner. Read full book review >

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PRISONER OF SEX by Norman Mailer
NON-FICTION
Released: May 27, 1971

"Smug and snug he gives a virtuoso performance certain to enrage the emancipated still further."
Disingenuously shocked to find himself cast by Women's Lib as the archetypal male chauvinist pig, Mailer takes on Kate Millett (Sexual Politics, 1970) and her sister furies. Read full book review >

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Released: May 1, 1968

"Mailer has finally caught a current, plotted a drift, however, and this is an important and passionate pilgrimage."
Once history inhabits a crazy house, egotism may be the last tool left to history" and Mailer the Beast rampant, narrow-eyed Mailer the Novelist, mesmerized Mailer the Participant, tip-top Mailer the Protagonist; Mailer the floating hair Patriot, and just pliant innerman Norm, have together pulled off this remarkable journal, even overtaking Mailer the Image to burst into new playing fields of awareness. Read full book review >