Search Results: "Norman Mailer"


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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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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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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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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: 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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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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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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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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TOUGH GUYS DON'T DANCE by Norman Mailer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 20, 1984

"But it's a thin, disappointing potpourri overall—seemingly made up as it goes along, with about equal portions of inspiration and self-indulgence."
After the grandiose, obsessive longueurs of Ancient Evenings (1983), most readers will find the opening chapter of this new Mailer novel a relief—since it seems to promise the most familiar, controlled sort of fiction. Read full book review >

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PIECES AND PONTIFICATIONS by Norman Mailer
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 1, 1982

"No surprises, then, and rarely deep—but also rarely dull: Mailer-mania for the sizable following."
Minor Mailer—at great length. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2006

"Norman remains a national treasure, and his fans must be grateful to his son for convincing the old man to sit down and answer a few questions. His answers are illuminating, annoying, amusing."
Reflections, rants and racy ruminations by the octogenarian author of The Naked and the Dead and other gems of American literature, interspersed with occasional questions and comments from his 27-year-old son, who is wise enough to know which of Mailer's thoughts are of greater interest. Read full book review >