Search Results: "Norman Mailer"


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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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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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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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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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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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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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AN AMERICAN DREAM by Norman Mailer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 1965

"Yeats, who never read Norman Mailer."
The public death of Walter Mitty, alias Norman Mailer, (alias, wishfully speaking anyway, Jack Kennedy), represented by the concoction, recently serialized in Esquire, now hard-covered, bearing the title, An American Dream, bearing also the same relationship to An American Tragedy as spitballs might be said to bear to the atom bomb, is herewith reviewed. 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 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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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 >