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Norman Mailer (1923–2007)

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Norman Kingsley Mailer was born on January 31, 1923 in Long Branch, N. J. and then moved with his family to Brooklyn, N. Y. Mailer later attended Harvard University and graduated with a degree in aeronautical engineering. Mailer served in the Army during World War II, and later wrote, directed, and näytä lisää acted in motion pictures. He was also a co-founder of the Village Voice and edited Disssent for nine years. Mailer has written several books including: The Armies of the Night, which won the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and a Polk Award; and The Executioner's Song, which won the Pulitzer Prize. In 2005, he won the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters from the National Book Foundation. He published his last novel, The Castle in the Forest, in 2007. He died of acute renal failure on November 10, 2007. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän
Image credit: 1967 photo by Bernard Gotfryd

Tekijän teokset

Alastomat ja kuolleet (1948) 4,140 kappaletta
Pyövelin laulu (1979) 2,886 kappaletta
Muinaiset illat (1983) 1,281 kappaletta
Adolfin linna (2007) 1,219 kappaletta
Porton haamu (1991) 1,194 kappaletta
Amerikkalainen unelma (1965) — Tekijä — 1,066 kappaletta
Kovat kundit eivät tanssi (1984) 1,062 kappaletta
Pojan evankeliumi (1997) 880 kappaletta
The Fight (1975) 749 kappaletta
Oswald's Tale: An American Mystery (1995) 632 kappaletta
Marilyn: A Biography (1973) 519 kappaletta
Miami and the Siege of Chicago (1968) 518 kappaletta
Hirvipuisto (1955) 487 kappaletta
Of a fire on the Moon (1970) 387 kappaletta
Advertisements For Myself (1959) 338 kappaletta
Why Are We in Vietnam? (1967) 318 kappaletta
Barbary Shore (1951) 273 kappaletta
The Prisoner of Sex (1971) 237 kappaletta
The Time of Our Time (1998) — Tekijä — 203 kappaletta
Why Are We at War? (2003) 190 kappaletta
The Presidential Papers (1963) 153 kappaletta
Cannibals and Christians (1966) 152 kappaletta
On God: An Uncommon Conversation (2007) 141 kappaletta
Of Women and Their Elegance (1980) 86 kappaletta
The Faith of Graffiti (1974) 78 kappaletta
St. George and the Godfather (1972) 69 kappaletta
Selected Letters of Norman Mailer (2014) 65 kappaletta
Existential Errands (1972) 61 kappaletta
The white negro (1957) 49 kappaletta
RFK Funeral Train (2000) 49 kappaletta
Pieces and Pontifications (1818) 46 kappaletta
Short Fiction of Norman Mailer (1967) 43 kappaletta
Some Honorable Men (1976) 43 kappaletta
Deaths for the ladies (1962) 34 kappaletta
The deer park : a play (1967) 33 kappaletta
The Idol and the Octopus (1968) 22 kappaletta
Modest Gifts: Poems and Drawings (2003) 20 kappaletta
Maidstone (1967) 20 kappaletta
Alastomat ja kuolleet. 2 (1978) 20 kappaletta
Alastomat ja kuolleet. 1 (1978) 19 kappaletta
Pontifications: Interviews (1982) 14 kappaletta
Essential Mailer (1982) 12 kappaletta
Pieces (1982) 10 kappaletta
The Bullfight (1967) 7 kappaletta
The Executioner's Song [1982 TV movie] (2014) — Tekijä — 6 kappaletta
V-Best (2005) 5 kappaletta
The Executioner's Song, Part 1 (1980) 5 kappaletta
Tough Guys Don't Dance [1987 film] (1987) — Ohjaaja — 5 kappaletta
The Executioner's Song, Part 2 (1981) 4 kappaletta
How the wimp won the war (1991) 4 kappaletta
Strange Love (1963) 3 kappaletta
Shika no sono 3 kappaletta
New short novels 2 3 kappaletta
A hóhér dala 1. (1984) 2 kappaletta
Norman Mailer (1900) 2 kappaletta
A hóhér dala 2. (1984) 2 kappaletta
Rasha to shisha. 1. 2 kappaletta
The last night: A story (1984) 2 kappaletta
Black Messiah (1981) 1 kappale
New York graffiti (1974) 1 kappale
Ciplak ve Ölü (2015) 1 kappale
Rey del Ring 1 kappale
Vidal vs. Mailer (2014) 1 kappale
Barbarkysten - I 1 kappale
Kiseki (1998) 1 kappale
Fuera De La Ley (2014) 1 kappale
1989 1 kappale
Dávné večery. 2 (1995) 1 kappale
Dávné večery. 1 (1995) 1 kappale
Cuentos 1 kappale
A szőke bombázó (2000) 1 kappale

Associated Works

Alaston lounas (1962) — Avustaja, eräät painokset7,001 kappaletta
The Portable Beat Reader (Viking Portable Library) (1992) — Avustaja — 1,461 kappaletta
Gonzo : Hunter S. Thompsonin elämä (2007) — Avustaja — 601 kappaletta
The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry (1999) — Avustaja — 594 kappaletta
In the Belly of the Beast: Letters From Prison (1981) — Johdanto — 382 kappaletta
The New Journalism (1973) — Avustaja — 334 kappaletta
Reporting Vietnam: American Journalism 1959-1969, Volume 1 (1998) — Avustaja — 325 kappaletta
The Best American Sports Writing of the Century (1999) — Avustaja — 191 kappaletta
Why I Write: Thoughts on the Craft of Fiction (1998) — Avustaja — 187 kappaletta
Writers at Work 03 (1967) — Interviewee — 144 kappaletta
The Mark Twain Anthology: Great Writers on His Life and Work (2010) — Avustaja — 142 kappaletta
On the Firing Line: The Public Life of Our Public Figures (1989) — Avustaja — 112 kappaletta
The Best of Abbie Hoffman (1993) — Esipuhe — 110 kappaletta
Papa: A Personal Memoir (1976) — Esipuhe, eräät painokset102 kappaletta
Writers: Photographs by Sally Soames (1900) — Preface — 101 kappaletta
The Cool School: Writing from America's Hip Underground (2013) — Avustaja — 80 kappaletta
Great Esquire Fiction (1983) — Avustaja — 70 kappaletta
The Beats (1960) — Tekijä, eräät painokset62 kappaletta
The Jewish Writer (1998) — Avustaja — 52 kappaletta
Sting Like a Bee : The Muhammad Ali Story (1971) — Esipuhe — 48 kappaletta
Unknown California (1985) — Avustaja — 41 kappaletta
Ragtime [1981 film] (1981) 41 kappaletta
Last Tango in Paris: The Screenplay With Photographs From The Film (1973) — Avustaja, eräät painokset; Avustaja — 35 kappaletta
Partisan Review: The 50th Anniversary Edition (1905) — Avustaja — 35 kappaletta
When We Were Kings [1996 film] (1997) 34 kappaletta
The Penguin Book of Twentieth-Century Protest (1998) — Avustaja — 31 kappaletta
Great World War II Stories: 50th Anniversary Collection (1989) — Avustaja — 29 kappaletta
Great Short Stories of the World (1965) — Avustaja — 26 kappaletta
Inside Deep Throat [2005 Documentary] (2005) — Self — 19 kappaletta
Wonders: Writings and Drawings for the Child in Us All (1980) — Avustaja — 18 kappaletta
I'm a Little Special (1999) — Avustaja — 15 kappaletta
New World Writing: Second Mentor Selection (1952) — Avustaja — 12 kappaletta
The Playboy Book of Short Stories (1995) — Avustaja — 11 kappaletta
American Men at Arms (1964) — Avustaja — 10 kappaletta
Homicidal Acts (1988) — Avustaja — 9 kappaletta
Various Temptations (1948) — Avustaja — 7 kappaletta
The Paris Review 31 1964 Winter-Spring (1964) — Avustaja — 7 kappaletta
Big Table 3 (1959) — Avustaja — 6 kappaletta
Stories of Scarlet Women (1962) — Avustaja — 5 kappaletta
Ghosts and Ghastlies (1976) — Avustaja — 5 kappaletta
Introduction to Fiction (1974) — Avustaja — 1 kappale

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Virallinen nimi
Mailer, Norman Kingsley
Mailer, Nachem Malech (birth)
Provincetown Cemetery, Provincetown, Massachusetts, USA
Long Branch, New Jersey, USA
New York, New York, USA
acute renal failure
Long Branch, New Jersey, USA
New York, New York, USA
Paris, France
Provincetown, Massachusetts, USA
Harvard College (BS|Aeronautical Engineering|1943)
University of Paris
Silverman, Beatrice (spouse, 1944-1952)
Morales, Adele (spouse, 1954-1961)
Campbell, Jeanne (spouse, 1962-1963)
Bentley, Beverly (spouse, 1963-1980)
Stevens, Carol (spouse, 1980-1980)
Mailer, Norris Church (spouse, 1980-2007) (näytä kaikki 7)
Malaquais, Jean (friend, translator)
The Village Voice (co-founder)
United States Army (WWII)
Palkinnot ja kunnianosoitukset
National Book Award, Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters (2005)
State Author of New York/Edith Wharton Citation of Merit (1991-93)
American Academy of Arts and Letters Academy Award (1960)
F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for Outstanding Achievement in American Fiction (2000)
Emerson-Thoreau Medal (1989)
American Academy of Arts and Letters (1967) (näytä kaikki 13)
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (1969, 1980)
National Book Award (1969)
Edward MacDowell Medal (1973)
George Polk Award (1969)
National Arts Club Gold Medal of Honor in Literature (1976)
Harvard University's Signet Society Medal for Achievement in the Arts (1970, 1994)
Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art, 1st class (2002)



Norman Mailer, Legacy Libraries (helmikuu 2014)


A startling work of creative imagination.

Norman Mailer - love him or hate him - had a mastery of the language that very few could rival. It is apparent in all his works, including "Ancient Evenings", which takes place at a variety of Egyptian locales, from royal dinners to family barge rides, from distant mining camps to tombs. Much of the story is told in flashback, much of it recited by a ponderous old man. The highlights of the book are:
a) Mailer's immense knowledge of the age. I adored Ancient Egypt as a study topic when a student, and still I'm not sure how much of this is verified/historically theorised truth, and how much is Mailer's imagination. Either way, he creates a world in which every cultural nuance and spoken idiosyncracy feels foreign and yet genuine;
b) That sense of magic - speculative fiction, I guess we'd call it now - that allows us never to be sure what is real, without ever succumbing to the dreaded "fantasy"; and
c) yes, it is true: Mailer's ability to tell those lecherous tales while rarely coming across as just a perv.

As others have said, this book will beguile or disgust: sodomy and incest (sometimes both!) are high on the agenda, and Mailer is as unapologetic as his characters.

I would never call this book my favourite, not by a long shot: like many works, I appreciate it as much intellectually as I do viscerally. For instance, Menenhetet speaks using a lot of similes and analogies, often quite ponderously. It makes reading this book a tougher experience than one would like, but this is a genuine part of the character and his culture, not a flaw in Mailer's writing.

In the end, this is a work that won't speak to anyone. It's highly idiosyncratic, explores many abstract or challenging themes, and takes no pains to explain itself until it feels the time is right. However, by the same token, the novel refuses to pander to cliche or the simple answers, and is one of those amazing books where - by the time you're reading the final chapters - you realise how strange and incomprehensible they would be to the uninitiated, yet they make perfect sense to you. "Ancient Evenings" makes you work for your reward, and in this case the reward is a fantastic and unsettling portrayal of life in Egypt under the Pharaohs, and of a world so far removed from our own. The final chapter is startlingly beautiful, and puts my previous favourite literary ending - that of "The Great Gatsby" - to shame. Lovely.
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therebelprince | 19 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 21, 2024 |
My next read from books published in 1951 was Barbary Shore by Norman Mailer. It was his second novel and did not sell well after his first success with [The Naked and the Dead]. Barbary Shore was the first book I have read by this author having been wary of his machismo profile and I was surprised by what I found in this highly political novel: most of the action takes place inside of a rooming house in Brooklyn Heights,

Mickey Lovett rents a room; he calculates he has enough money to last for a couple of months and he wants the peace and quiet to write a novel. He is suffering from amnesia after being injured during the war. He soon finds too many distractions to work at his writing; the first is Guinevere his well rounded landlady who teases him with her sexuality, which seems to be echoed by her precocious four year old daughter Momina. Then there is McLeod an intellectual who fascinates Lovett with his books and knowledge and Mickey finds himself wanting to 'sit at his feet' in his room upstairs. Another tenant Hollingsworth seems to want to get Mickey on his side in a dispute with McLeod. Finally there is Lannie a woman hurt by electric shock treatment suffered in a mental institute and now in love with Guinevere. It soon becomes apparent that the rooming house is a hot bed of intrigue. McLeod is a revolutionary, a socialist who may have committed murder, Hollingsworth works for the Bureau and is intent on breaking McCleod who is now a fugitive. Lannie has been a follower of McLeod and Guinevere has a mysterious husband who visits her from time to time.

The novel is written in the first person from the point of view of Mickey who with his amnesia represents a 'tabla rasa' for ideas. McLeod is the intellectual revolutionary, Hollingsworth works for a government intelligence agency and Lannie is a woman damaged by her past. Mickey slowly puts all this together as he finds himself a witness to the drama which unfolds in McLeod's room. Hollingsworth suspect's that McLeod has stolen something from the government and undertakes a series of gruelling interviews. McLeod describes himself as a revolutionary socialist, believing that Capitalism will destroy itself and he wants to be prepared to take advantage, but admits that:

it is the paradox of the revolutionary who seeks to create a world in which he would find it intolerable to live.

Man is only capable of founding societies based on privilege and inequality.

However the book becomes a battle of wills between Hollingsworth and McLeod with Mickey and Lannie witnessing the struggle and trying to sort out their own relationships with Guinevere. There are long speeches by McLeod justifying his position, but also wondering if the struggle has been worth the sacrifices he has made. Where does love come into all this? he asks.

In 1951 when the novel was published, some American intellectuals were reeling under the aggressive accusations from Senator McCarthy of un-American activities. Norman Mailer does not hold back in challenging what he calls state capitalism: McLeod is by no means the bad guy and the outcome seems to hinge on which side Mickey Lovett will fall. Looking back from our subsequent knowledge of the author and his viewpoint it could be argued that the two female characters and the little girl do become, kind of collateral damage with the men battling away in the room upstairs. However I do think it is a brave piece of fiction writing and Mailer creates tension in his description of the relationships, within the household, with everybody suffering during the blistering heat of summer. Politics and sexual politics are king here and the reader will judge for himself whether Mailer presents us with a naive or more nuanced view of the world. Much better than expected and so 3.5 stars.
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baswood | 1 muu arvostelu | Jan 24, 2024 |
A very big best seller in the day. A pretty good report of WWII, Pacific Island fighting . Mailer uses a very small set of characters to explain the effect the war had on him in his combat tour. The language was racy for the time.
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DinadansFriend | 45 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jan 8, 2024 |
You can watch Mailer talking about reading the NT for the first time in a Charlie Rose interview on Youtube. He comes to it late in life and as an outsider (coming from a jewish heritage).

There's nothing transformative in this book, no radical new take or even divergence from the Biblical narrative (as with The Last Temptation for instance). Instead it's almost predictably a take on Jesus as a jewish man of his time, with some uncertainty and trepidation but overall following the beats as laid out in a harmonizing view of the gospels. This is like reading Mailer's own attempt to understand the story of the NT and that's the biggest failing. There's nothing wrong with it, the prose is nice enough, there's just nothing enticing there, no insight or revelation to uncover. It's exactly what you'd expect.… (lisätietoja)
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A.Godhelm | 12 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Oct 20, 2023 |


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