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Norman Mailer

Full Name: Norman Mailer
Gender: Male
Hometown: Long Branch, New Jersey
Born: 1923-01-31
Died: 2007-11-10
Number of Works: 61
Norman Kingsley Mailer was an American novelist, journalist, essayist, poet, playwright, screenwriter, and film director.

Along with Truman Capote, Joan Didion, and Tom Wolfe, Mailer is considered an innovator of creative nonfiction, a genre sometimes called New Journalism, but which covers the essay to the nonfiction novel. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize twice and the National Book Award once. In 1955, Mailer, together with Ed Fancher and Dan Wolf, first published The Village Voice, which began as an arts- and politics-oriented weekly newspaper initially distributed in Greenwich Village. In 2005, he won the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters from The National Book Foundation.


ISBN: 0375700811, 9780375700811
Keywords: song, executioner
Pages: 1056
Published: 1979
  • Rating: 80%

Winner of the 1980 Pulitzer PrizeIn what is arguably his greatest book, America's most heroically ambitious writer followsthe short, blighted career of Gary Gilmore, an intractably violent product of America'sprisons who became notorious for two reasons: first, for robbing two men in 1976, thenkilling them in cold blood; and, second, after being tried and convicted, for insisting ondying for his crime. To do so, he had to fight a system that seemed paradoxically intent onkeeping him alive long after it had sentenced him to death.Norman Mailer tells Gilmore's story--and those of the men and wom
ISBN: 0312265050, 9780312265052
Keywords: dead, naked
Pages: 736
Published: 1948
  • Rating: 80%
ISBN: 0452272793, 9780452272798
Keywords: novel, history, night, armies
Pages: 304
Published: 1968
  • Rating: 80%

The Armies of the Night is an award-winning nonfiction novel written by Norman Mailer. He essentially creates his own genre for the narrative, split into historicized & novelized accounts of the 10/1967 March on the Pentagon. His unique rendition of the nonfiction novel was one of only a few at the time & received the most critical attention. In Cold Blood ('65) by Truman Capote & Hell's Angels ('66) by Hunter S. Thompson had already been published. Three months later Tom Wolfe would contribute The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test ('68). The book deals ostensibly with the March on the
ISBN: 0375700706, 9780375700705
Keywords: dream, american
Pages: 288
Published: 1965
  • Rating: 60%
ISBN: 0394536495, 9780394536491
Keywords: forest, castle
Pages: 496
Published: 2007
  • Rating: 60%

No career in modern American letters is at once so brilliant, varied & controversial as that of Norman Mailer. In a span of more than six decades, Mailer has searched into subjects ranging from WWII to Ancient Egypt, from the march on the Pentagon to Marilyn Monroe, from Henry Miller & Mohammad Ali to Jesus Christ. Now, in The Castle in the Forest, his 1st major work of fiction in more than a decade, he offers what may be his consummate literary endeavor: He has set out to explore the evil of Adolf Hitler. The narrator, a mysterious SS man who is later revealed to be an exceptional pre
ISBN: 0375508740, 9780375508745
Keywords: dance, don, guys, tough
Pages: 240
Published: 1984
  • Rating: 60%

A dark, brilliant novel of astonishing pitch, set in Provincetown, a “spit of shrub and dune” captured here in the rawness and melancholy of the off-season, Tough Guys Don’t Dance is the story of Tim Madden, an unsuccessful writer addicted to bourbon, cigarettes, and blonde, careless women with money. On the twenty-fourth morning after the decampment of his wife, Patty Lareine, he awakens with a hangover, considerable sexual excitement, and, on his upper arm, a red tattoo bearing a name from the past. Of the night before, he remembers practically nothing. What he soon learns
ISBN: 0345379659, 9780345379658
Keywords: novel, ghost, harlot
Pages: 1168
Published: 1991
  • Rating: 80%
ISBN: 0375700382, 9780375700385
Keywords: fight
Pages: 240
Published: 1975
  • Rating: 80%

There are sporting events that transcend the world of sports, and the 1974 heavyweight title fight in which Muhammad Ali regained his crown by improbably kayoing George Foreman in the middle of the African night was certainly one of them. Metaphorically, it was a writer's dream: two imposing black warriors, one all grace, the other brute force, one the iconoclast, the other the blind patriot, battling each other. Fatefully, the appropriate writer threw his pen into the ring. Norman Mailer's masterful account goes far beyond the ropes to capture the primal ethos of the sport, the larger social
ISBN: 0349109702, 9780349109701
Keywords: evenings, ancient
Pages: 709
Published: 1983
  • Rating: 60%

Crossing three millennia to Pharaonic Egypt, this tale returns to that land's essences - the war, magic, gods, death and reincarnations, the lusts, ambitions, jealousies, and betrayals.
ISBN: 0345434080, 9780345434081
Keywords: novel, son, according, gospel
Pages: 256
Published: 1997
  • Rating: 60%

For two thousand years, the brief ministry of a young Nazarene preacher has remained the largest single determinant of Western civilization's triumphs and disasters. Now, Norman Mailer has written a novel about Jesus's life. Is God speaking to me? Jesus asks. Or am I hearing voices? If the voices are from God, why has He chosen me as His son? And if they are not from God, then who gave me the power to perform these miracles?It soon becomes evident that we are being told the story of a skilled and most devout carpenter who is living with prodigious questions. The result is an intimately readabl