The Mailer Review

Articles from Vol. 1, No. 1, Fall

An American Dream: The Singular Nightmare
Mailer's fourth novel can be read as sardonic social criticism and a dramatic critique on those nuances underlining the ambiguous values in contemporary America, on those individual roots of American aspirations and ideals. For Mailer, the collective...
"A Series of Tragicomedies": Mailer's Letters on the Deer Park, 1954-55
These 16 letters chronicle Mailer's extraordinary effort to complete and publish his third novel, The Deer Park. The novel was published by Putnam's and appeared on October 14,1955. It became a bestseller and has sold over 50,000 copies. **********...
Castle Mailer
The Castle in the Forest By Norman Mailer New York: Random House, 2007 477 pp. Cloth $27.95 IN THE UNPUBLISHED PORTION OF A 1983 INTERVIEW, Norman Mailer stated that trying to understand Nazism was "one of the great questions" of the twentieth century....
Five Notes toward a Reassessment of Norman Mailer
A reconsideration of Norman Mailer and his work against the backdrop of Middlebrook's book, Mailer and the Times of His Time. San Francisco: Bay Books, 1976. ********** I had better never see a book, than to be warped by its attraction clean...
Gallery Talk: The Mailer Archive
An outline of Mailer's complex and rich history of occupations and experiences, as revealed in the stunning breadth and depth of the holdings in the Texas Mailer Archives. ********** Harry Ransom Humanities Center Flair Conference: Norman Mailer...
Growing Up with Norman
We sometimes walked around the streets of Brooklyn on cold winter days, carrying our ice skates and trying to find a tennis court that was flooded and frozen over. I remember nothing ever seemed to get frozen except our feet. A couple of years later,...
How Mailer Became "Mailer": The Writer as Private and Public Character
Mailer has been our most protean writer, remarkably consistent in his themes yet always surprising in the ways he finds to pursue them, beginning with his own inimitable style. In choosing his subjects he was like a riverboat gambler restless for risk;...
Mailer's Choice
The Castle in the Forest By Norman Mailer New York: Random House, 2007 477 pp. Cloth $27.95 IN AN INTERVIEW I DID WITH NORMAN MAILER for New York Magazine about his novel, The Gospel According to the Son, he had reminded me: "You remember those...
Mailer Takes on America: Images from the Ransom Center Archive
Images from the 2006 exhibit, Norman Mailer Takes on America (Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas), which places Mailer and his works in a political and cultural context and traces the central role he has played in our awareness and understanding...
Moments of Metaphor in Mailer's Castle
The Castle in the Forest By Norman Mailer New York: Random House, 2007 477 pp. Cloth $27.95 READERS FAMILIAR WITH THE TRADITION of American literature may associate Norman Mailer and Herman Melville by the opening lines of their respective novels....
Norman Mailer as Occasional Commentator in a Self-Interview and Memoir
I decided Mailer didn't have a style. He had a huge brain, which I couldn't imitate. In those early days I didn't have a brain, only a hunger. I was reading Mailer and Dos Passos as if they were contemporaries of each other until I discovered Mailer...
Norman Mailer: Supplemental Bibliography through 2006
This checklist picks up where Norman Mailer: Works and Days (Shavertown, PA: Sligo Press 2000) by J. Michael and Donna Pedro Lennon left off at the end of 1998. It consists of chronologically listed entries of significant works by and about Mailer...
Norman Mailer, "The White Negro," and New Conceptions of the Self in Postwar America
Mailer's concern about the lack of individuality in American society was not a substantiation of his claims but of the reverse. In an ironic way, the resonance of "The White Negro" during the late 1950s was further evidence of an ascendant spirit during...
Reflections
IT IS WITH GREAT PLEASURE that we launch the Inaugural Issue of The Mailer Review. I emphasize "we" because the editorial staff experienced the pangs of delivery in bringing a multidimensional journal into existence. A significant number of midwives...
Remembering a Good Friend
These remarks were delivered at the Memorial Service for Robert F. Lucid at the University of Pennsylvania on April 14, 2007. A FEW MINOR AFFLICTIONS, common to old age, keep me from attending this memorial service for a dear old friend. Let me...
The Devil Only Knows
The Castle in the Forest By Norman Mailer New York: Random House, 2007 477 PP. Cloth $27.95 WILLIAM BLAKE IS ONE OF THE FORERUNNERS and one of the forefathers of Norman Mailer, another radical conservative who takes the greatest liberties and who...
The Executioner's Song: A Life beneath Our Conscience
What Mailer attempts in The Executioner's Song is a modernist project that puts him in high company. No Mailer book brings us as close to events and character as this work of creative nonfiction. Its unperformative, transparent style allows our consciousness...
The Untold Story Behind the Executioner's Song: A Conversation with Lawrence Schiller
This probing interview focuses on Schiller's involvement with Mailer on The Executioner's Song. ********** LARRY SCHILLER IS JUST BACK from China. I meet him at his Los Angeles home on January 14, 2007, one day after his return from interviewing...
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