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The Lives of Norman Mailer: A Biography

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A biography of the American writer discusses Mailer's major works, from The Naked and the Dead to Harlot's Ghost, and reveals the man behind this often misunderstood genius.
Paperback, 460 pages
Published December 1st 2000 by toExcel (first published 1991)
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J. Ewbank
Dec 14, 2012 J. Ewbank rated it it was ok
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This book by Carl Rollyson shows a tremendous amount of work in preparation and writing. The book to me, is a little confusing because it goes back and forth in time as it discusses various elements of Mailer's life. Mailer apparently is a very complex person, though a very gifted writer who has worked hard to present his craft to the public. There are so many aspects to the book and to Mailer's life that it was a little difficult for me to read and follow. There is a solid amount of work in the ...more
Emily (Heinlen) Davis
This is a very well-written book. The writing flows well and isn't dry. I also found the subject to be interesting, which I did not expect.
Jul 26, 2013 Jill rated it really liked it
This is a well-researched chronological organized look at the life of a complicated, insecure, and irascible writer. As readers work through the years, they will discover that Mailer was not an easy man to understand and yet was unwavering in his desire to write the stories as he saw fit. This interesting profile explains much of the myths and legends and surrounding Mailer's life and loves.
Dec 26, 2012 Marty rated it really liked it
Excellent well written book about the author Norman Mailer. Lots of details with supporting foot notes.
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Carl Rollyson, Professor of Journalism at Baruch College, The City University of New York, has published more than forty books ranging in subject matter from biographies of Marilyn Monroe, Lillian Hellman, Martha Gellhorn, Norman Mailer, Rebecca West, Susan Sontag, and Jill Craigie to studies of American culture, genealogy, children’s biography, film, and literary criticism. He has authored more t ...more
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