The Essential Mailer

In “The Essential Norman Mailer: Remedial Reader,” Ronald K. Fried writes:

Mailer’s great subjects were his own psyche and America itself—and he managed to combine these interests in his finest works. The gifted nice Jewish boy from Harvard by way of Brooklyn didn’t want to be a great Jewish novelist.  He wanted to be a great American novelist, and he weighed in on almost every major American event—and personality—in the second half of the twentieth century.

Mailer wrote more than 30 books, not all of them masterpieces to be sure, though he stretched the boundaries of every genre he attempted—from journalism and the essay to biographical novels. Still, choosing three books as the “essential” Mailer is a challenge.

Read more at The Daily Beast.


  • KMD

    Interesting article and I’m glad to see “Harlot’s Ghost” is listed. It’s been more than 20 years since I first read it and I still wonder what would have happened in the sequel. 

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