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The Challenge and Reward of Norman Mailer

The Challenge and Reward of Norman Mailer

Norman Mailer in Context has been published by Cambridge University Press, edited by Mailer Society president Maggie McKinley. McKinley writes:

Mailer fought to unearth and expose that unseen history that simmered beneath, to seek truths even amid corruption and obfuscation, to understand complicated people, to ask hard questions. He fought for literary and artistic freedom, he fought his own demons, and he fought to inspire his country to live up to its potential, urging us all to ask more thoughtful and sophisticated questions. This intellectual curiosity is at the heart of Mailer’s work and worldview. “I’m interested,” he once said simply, “that we all get better at thinking.”

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The Challenge and Reward of Norman Mailer | FifteenEightyFour | Cambridge University Press
Norman Mailer, one of the most prolific American writers of the last century, is also one of the most complex. A multifaceted writer with innovative and sometimes contentious ideas, Mailer often defied traditional or easy categorization.