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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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 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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THE CASTLE IN THE FOREST by Norman Mailer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2007

"Alternately engaging, embarrassing and exasperating."
A novel as odd as it is thematically ambitious reveals the source of Adolf Hitler's evil. (The devil made him do it.) Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 31, 2003

"Mailer's richest thoughts on writing since the shock of Advertisements for Myself."
More than 50 years after he first staked his claim to the title of Great American Novelist, Mailer surveys the literary landscape—and the competition. Read full book review >

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PORTRAIT OF PICASSO AS A YOUNG MAN by Norman Mailer
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Mailer's biography, following in the footsteps of Arianna Huffington's notorious Picasso: Creator and Destroyer, a work Mailer unabashedly admires, emphasizes gossip and sex and leaves you wondering, 'So what?'"
A puzzling and unconventional excursion into art history by an unexpected author. Read full book review >

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HARLOT'S GHOST by Norman Mailer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 1991

The Big One, volume one (yes, 1,408 pages!) of Mailer's long-promised masterpiece, in which he does for the CIA what Melville did for mammals and God, and what Thomas Mann did for the metaphysics of tuberculosis. Read full book review >

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CANNIBALS AND CHRISTIANS by Norman Mailer
Released: Aug. 29, 1966

"Humorlessly striving for a mystic orgy, wasting a huge talent, Mailer reads like some middle-aged volcano spewing burning issues for the young."
Norman Mailer might well place Ockham's adage above his desk: "Entities are not to be multiplied unless necessary." Read full book review >

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ADVERTISEMENTS FOR MYSELF by Norman Mailer
Released: Nov. 6, 1959

"This is sure to be some kind of success de scandal, but the bullheaded integrity behind the undertaking compels a certain respect."
Norman Mailer has evolved a theory that an author must create a public personality for himself in order to sell books, and in accordance with this theory he here publishes everything he has ever written, each piece accompanied with a long and frequently fascinating introduction concerning how the work was written, what he thought about it when he wrote it, and how he thinks about it now. 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 >