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On the heels of a very favorable review of the book in The New York Times, by Vanity Fair Editor Graydon Carter, who anointed it as “a glorious biography,” the USF community enjoyed a rare opportunity to meet Lennon. The author was hosted by the USF Department of English for a discussion and book-signing yesterday in the Marshall Student…

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Fall Arts Preview: Top 10 Books

Fall Arts Preview: Top 10 Books The New York Observer lists its top ten books for this fall, including both Norman Mailer: A Double Life and Mind of an Outlaw. Congrats to Mike and Phil! Norman Mailer: A Double LifeBy J. Michael Lennon(Simon & Schuster, Oct. 15) Norman Mailer gets a massive critical reassessment at the hands of journalist (and…

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Publishers Weekly Reviews Outlaw

The 50 essays collected in this retrospective volume span 64 years and show Mailer (1923–2007) at his brawny, pugnacious, and egotistical best. Although early selections seem dated—among them, “The Homosexual Villain,” his confession of his ignorance of, and hence past uneasiness with, homosexuality—he hits his stride with the 1957 classic “The White Negro,” which equates…

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As America’s foremost public intellectual, Norman Mailer was a ubiquitous presence in our national life—on the airwaves and in print—for more than sixty years. With his supple mind and pugnacious persona, he engaged society more than any other writer of his generation. The trademark Mailer swagger is very much in evidence in these pages as…