Search Results: "Norman Mailer"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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 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 >

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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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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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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 >

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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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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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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 >