MAILER: A Biography.


Verlag: Houghton Mifflin, 1999., 1999
ISBN 10: 0395736552 / ISBN 13: 9780395736555
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Inhaltsangabe: Undeniably one of the most controversial figures of past half century, Norman Mailer has also been one of the most influential. Twice a winner of the Pulitzer Prize, once a candidate for mayor of New York City, and the author of thirty-one books, he has both made the news and commented on it with an originality that has permanently altered America's literary landscape. From the peace rallies of the sixties that lead to The Armies of the Night, to the coverage of the "sex wars" in The Prisoner of Sex, to the study of violence and punishment in The Executioner's Song, Mailer has observed our culture with unmatched insight -- and shaped it as well. Mary Dearborn had unprecedented access to Mailer's friends, relations, and antagonists. With photographs and correspondence never before published, her biography fills in the familiar outlines of his colorful personal life -- the wives and mistresses, the brawls and arrests -- and charts Mailer's brilliant successes and notorious failures. Acclaimed for her biographies of Henry Miller and Louise Bryant, Dearborn comes to her subject uniquely sensitive to Mailer's best and worst sides. Her account is the most clearheaded and balanced evaluation to date. As splendidly told by Mary Dearborn, Mailer's story is, for good or ill, the story of our times.

Rezension: When a biography opens with an account of its subject making a drunken fool of himself at his 50th birthday party, readers may wonder if the author has an axe to grind. On the contrary, Mary Dearborn views America's biggest Bad Boy novelist with the same judicious eye she trained on Henry Miller in The Happiest Man Alive, candidly discussing faults without feeling obliged to lambaste their possessor. In the case of Norman Mailer, Dearborn's book is less notable for the biographical facts all solidly laid out--but no differently or better than in previous biographies--than for her intelligent understanding of his significance in postwar American culture. Novels like The Naked and the Dead (published in 1948, when Mailer was just 25) are not as important, in Dearborn's view, as such later works as The Armies of the Night (1968) and The Executioner's Song (1979), in which Mailer blurred the line between fact and fiction--using himself as a character to illustrate central issues in American society. Even those who regret the erasure of boundaries fencing off private from public life must admit this is a central development of our time, and Mailer played a key role in making it intellectually respectable--or at least defensible. The many wives, the drunken brawls, the literary feuds are less interesting, though Dearborn conscientiously covers them all. --Wendy Smith

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Titel: MAILER: A Biography.
Verlag: Houghton Mifflin, 1999.
Erscheinungsdatum: 1999

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Dearborn, Mary V
Verlag: Houghton Mifflin, Boston, New York (1999)
ISBN 10: 0395736552 ISBN 13: 9780395736555
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Buchbeschreibung Houghton Mifflin, Boston, New York, 1999. Leinen. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: mit Schutzumschlag. Gr 8°. VIII, 478 S., Schwarzer OHLn mit silbergepr. Rückentitel, Fadenh.; 887 gr. Sprache: Englisch, zahlr. s/w-Abb. auf Taf.; Ein gutes Exemplar; Kopfschnitt angestaubt. 1050 Gramm. Buch. Artikel-Nr. 8465

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