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The Time of Our Time
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Norman Mailer's The Time of Our Time is a giant retrospective, a rich, boisterous portrait of our times seen through the fiction and reportage of one of America's greatest writers.
Mailer selected and edited the contents of this work to create an ongoing narrative of events large and small that have shaped America over the last fifty years. Included are passages from The Naked and the Dead, The Deer Park, An American Dream, The Armies of the Night, The Executioner's Song, Ancient Evenings, and Harlot's Ghost as well as portraits of Ernest Hemingway, Dorothy Parker, Truman Capote, JFK, Marilyn Monroe, Lee Harvey Oswald, Madonna, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, and Richard Nixon as they appeared in some of his best magazine pieces. How readable is the result! It is as if one is being drawn into a fabulous novel with extraordinary characters, real and fictional, who appear and reappear through the years until a vast mural of America as a nation comes into focus, full of follies and blunders, surprisingly elegant and often crazy--tragic in its losses and large in its triumphs.
On display here are Mailer's enormous energies, his vast curiosity, and his powers of delineation. Here too are his errors of judgment and deed, both personal and literary. As a writer, Mailer eschews all limits. He goes at the world like a tiger. What will surprise many readers of The Time of Our Time is what a shrewd and stylish tiger he has been.
Imagine that Ernest Hemingway, late in his career, had decided to tell the story of his life and times through a selection of his best writing. Mailer's The Time of Our Time is such a book: a great, boisterous portrait of our times, seen through the fiction and reportage of one of our greatest writers.
Mailer selected the contents of this book both chronologically and by theme so as to tell a continuous story. Included are passages from The Naked and the Dead, The Armies of the Night, The Executioner's Song, Ancient Evenings, and Harlot's Ghost, as well as many of his other works and his best-known magazine pieces. On display here are Mailer's enormous energies, his vast curiosity, and his amazing talent. Here, too, are his errors of judgment, both personal and literary. As a writer, Mailer eschewed all limits. He went at the world like a tiger. What will surprise many readers of this retrospective work is what a shrewd and stylish tiger he was.
About the Author
Norman Mailer was born in 1923 in Long Branch, New Jersey, and grew up in Brooklyn, New York. After graduating from Harvard, he served as a rifleman in the South Pacific during World War II.
He published his first book, The Naked and the Dead, in 1948. Mailer won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize in 1968 for The Armies of the Night and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize again in 1980 for The Executioner's Song.
He has directed four feature-length films, was co-founder of The Village Voice in 1955, ran unsuccessfully for mayor of New York in 1969, and was president of the American PEN from 1984 to 1986.
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