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Review 2008 Press Release

Cover of Issue 2

Cover of Issue 2

Where might you expect to find television interviewer Charlie Rose, magazine editor Tina Brown, authors Don DeLillo, Philip Roth, E. L. Doctorow, Gunter Grass, Christopher Hitchens, William Kennedy, David Ebershoff, Lawrence Schiller and actor Sean Penn together with noted Random House’s Gina Centrello, attorney Sam Radin, poker player Peter Alson, Congressman Neil Abercrombie, attorney Ivan Fisher, and Lonnie Ali, wife of Muhammad Ali — all in the same place? A great cocktail party, perhaps, but the actual answer is intriguing and inviting: the new 2008 issue of The Mailer Review devoted to a wide-ranging reflection on the life of Norman Mailer. The issue comes out Oct. 1.

These contributors are joined by authors Gay Talese, Dotson Rader, Julian Newman, Mailer’s children (Susan, Danielle, Elizabeth, Kate, Michael, Stephen, Maggie, Matthew and John Buffalo) and too many more to list, with memorial tributes in the form of articles, essays and poems about or inspired by Mailer. In addition, three of Mailer’s works, “What’s Wrong with America,” “The Bodily Functions Blues,” and an acceptance speech are also part of the collection.

“In terms of quality and quantity, this volume is without a doubt an unprecedented compendium devoted to the life and work of a major contemporary American author,” said Phillip Sipiora, Review editor and professor of English at the University of South Florida. “The fact that it is Norman Mailer makes it all the more exciting because he developed such a diverse following during his lifetime. This celebration of his life and work is a treasure.”

The Mailer Review is sponsored by USF and The Norman Mailer Society.  This issue is the second volume of the first publication of its kind dedicated to the renowned novelist, journalist, playwright, screenwriter, poet and film director. Sipiora is the author of Reading and Writing About Literature.

For information on how to subscribe to and purchase visit The Mailer Review, or call (813) 974-9465.

(EDITORS NOTE: For review copies, please contact Barbara Perkins, (813) 974-4563 or bperkins@admin.usf.edu.  In addition, a full list of contributors is available upon request.)

The University of South Florida is one of the nation’s top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community engaged four-year public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF was awarded more than $360 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2007/2008. The University offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The University has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 46,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.

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