Search Results: "Norman Mailer"


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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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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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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 >

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OF A FIRE ON THE MOON by Norman Mailer
Released: Jan. 11, 1970

"An excerpt appeared in Life magazine."
Mailer accepts a big assignment to the American mainstream and finds himself at a loss. 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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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 >

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THE NAKED AND THE DEAD by Norman Mailer
Released: May 6, 1948

"Watch it."
A brilliant book—but one that makes such harrowing reading, and which is written with such intensity, such bald realism, such unrestrained accuracy of detail in speech and thought, that all but the tough-skinned will turn from it, feeling reluctant to look again on the baring of men's inner beings under stress of jungle warfare. 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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THE EXECUTIONER'S SONG by Norman Mailer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 1979

"These three are magnificently drawn and placed against the array of persons who've been stabbed in one way or another by Gilmore's tragic double nature—and, working chiefly with Schiller's tapes, Mailer has pulled off a crafty portrait, a shrewd reconstruction, a compelling projection of his own nature through that of a truly doomed man."
The life story of double-murderer Gary Gilmore and a new, impressive book for Mailer, a thousand-page leviathan achieved at an awesome price. 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 >