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Mind of an Outlaw: Selected Essays

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ISBN13: 9780812993479
ISBN10: 0812993470
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NORMAN MAILER was one of the most important American writers of the post-WWII era and a leading public intellectual since the 1960s. He is the author of more than thirty books. The Castle in the Forest, his last novel, was the eleventh of his books to appear on the New York Times bestseller list. His first novel, The Naked and the Dead, was on the Times list for 63 weeks and has never gone out of print. His 1968 nonfiction narrative, The Armies of the Night, won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. He won a second Pulitzer for The Executioner's Song and is the only person to have won Pulitzers in both fiction and nonfiction. Five of his books were nominated for National Book Awards, and he won a Lifetime Achievement Award from the NBA Foundation in 2006. Mr. Mailer passed away on Saturday, November 10, 2007.

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lukas, February 15, 2014 (view all comments by lukas)
Mailer's not alive anymore, but I think "Mind of an Egotistical A**hole" would've been a more accurate title. And I guess he thinks being an outlaw is drinking too much, stabbing his wife and sponsoring a convicted murderer. Burroughs has more a claim to this title. If you haven't guessed it, I have a serious problem with Mailer, although I'll begrudgingly say that he's a better essayist than novelist and this collection, spanning from the 40s to right before his death is a decent introduction to the last of the alpha male writers. He loved boxing and he approaches writing like a boxer, seeking to pummel his audience and opponents into submission, mostly by writing way too much and putting his often arrogant, sometimes ridiculous opinions (such as he helped Kennedy get elected) over as fact. He covers a wide array of subjects, from politics to literature to the death penalty to feminism, but his great subject, indeed really his only subject, is himself, which to me is his key failing as a writer and as a thinker. Decide for yourself. Jonathan Lethem, whose prose is far more humble and delicate, wrote the introduction.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780812993479
Publisher:
Random House
Subject:
Essays
Author:
Sipiora, Phillip
Author:
Lethem, Jonathan
Author:
Mailer, Norman
Subject:
Anthologies-Essays
Publication Date:
20131031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 ILLUSTRATION
Pages:
656
Dimensions:
9.57 x 6.63 x 1.7 in 2.28 lb

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