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Originally published in 1959, Advertisements for Myself is an inventive collection of stories, essays, polemic, meditations, and interviews. It is Mailer at his brilliant, provocative, outrageous best. Emerging at the height of "hip," Advertisements is at once a chronicle of a crucial era in the formation of modern American culture and an important contribution to the great autobiographical tradition in American letters.
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Overview


Originally published in 1959, Advertisements for Myself is an inventive collection of stories, essays, polemic, meditations, and interviews. It is Mailer at his brilliant, provocative, outrageous best. Emerging at the height of "hip," Advertisements is at once a chronicle of a crucial era in the formation of modern American culture and an important contribution to the great autobiographical tradition in American letters.
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Editorial Reviews

Rutgers University

Anyone with a serious interest in American and in twentieth-century literature will applaud the reprinting of Norman Mailer's Advertisements for Myself. No single work of his, before or since, is as important to an understanding of his literary career or of his emergence as an authentic public personality, and none is as fully representative of the range and variety of his concerns.
— Richard Poirier

Threepenny Review

This is a wonderful exercise in American autobiography, and in that self-mocking, self-glorifying, cynical, naive, outrageous, intelligent, uniquely his own and uniquely American autobiographical voice of which Mailer is the modern master.
— Wendy Lesser

Rutgers University - Richard Poirier
Anyone with a serious interest in American and in twentieth-century literature will applaud the reprinting of Norman Mailer's Advertisements for Myself. No single work of his, before or since, is as important to an understanding of his literary career or of his emergence as an authentic public personality, and none is as fully representative of the range and variety of his concerns.
Threepenny Review - Wendy Lesser
This is a wonderful exercise in American autobiography, and in that self-mocking, self-glorifying, cynical, naive, outrageous, intelligent, uniquely his own and uniquely American autobiographical voice of which Mailer is the modern master.
Karal Ann Marling
Combining fictional fragments, autobiography, journalism, polemic...with a running commentary tracing the ups and downs of a novel-in-progress (Dos Passos for our times?) and asserting the author's place in the batting order of GREAT AMERICAN WRITERS, the book contains some of the best stuff Mailer ever produced.
Jay Cantor
At the very time that he is perhaps too insistently trying to recall the audience and himself to the importance of the task of the novelist, he is creating another public persona, part clown, part vulgarian, fool and genius, whose arena is not the imagined story, but the imagined life, led first in the pages of newspapers or on television screens, and then (giving us the story behind the spectacle) turned into essays (or are they stories?) whose main character is this endlessly revised 'Norman Mailer'--a kind of expository confessional poetry.
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An essential guide to the life & work of one of America's most prominent & controversial authors. A selection of Mailer's best essays, stories, interviews, & journalism from the '40s & '50s. An unflinching & marvelously immodest self-portrait.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674005907
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1992
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 532
  • Sales rank: 295,749
  • Product dimensions: 5.53 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 1.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Norman Mailer
Norman Mailer was an American novelist and essayist.

Biography

One of the most provocative authors of the 20th century, Norman Mailer stood at the forefront of the New Journalism, a form of creative nonfiction that wove autobiography, real events, and political commentary into unconventional novels. In a career that spanned nearly 60 years, he wrote more than 30 books, including The Naked and the Dead; The Armies of the Night,, for which he won a National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize; The Executioner's Song, for which he won his second Pulitzer Prize; Harlot's Ghost; Oswald's Tale; The Gospel According to the Son; and his last novel, The Castle in the Forest, a chilling fictional portrait of the youthful Adolf Hitler. On November 10, 2007, he died of renal failure, leaving behind an astonishing literary legacy.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Nachem Malech Mailer
      Norman Mailer
    2. Hometown:
      Provincetown, Massachusetts, and New York, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      January 31, 1923
    2. Place of Birth:
      Long Branch, New Jersey
    1. Date of Death:
      November 10, 2007

Table of Contents

A NOTE TO THE READER

There are two Tables of Contents. The First lists each piece in sequence, and anyone wishing to read my book from beginning to end may be pleased to hear that the order is roughly chronological. The author, taken with an admirable desire to please his readers, has also added a set of advertisements, printed in italics, which surround all of these writings with his present tastes, preferences, apologies, prides, and occasional confessions. Like many another literary fraud, the writer has been known on occasion to read the Preface of a book instead of a book, and bearing this vice in mind, he tried to make the advertisements more readable than the rest of his pages.

Since such a method is discursive, and this is a time in which many hold a fierce grip on their wandering attention, a Second Table of Contents is offered to satisfy the specialist. Here all short stories, short novels, poems, advertisements, articles, essays, journalism, and miscellany are posted in their formal category.

For those who care to skim nothing but the cream of each author, and so miss the pleasure of liking him at his worst, I will take the dangerous step of listing what I believe are the best pieces in this book.

In order of appearance they might be:

  • The Man Who Studied Yoga
  • The White Negro
  • The Time Of Her Time
  • Dead Ends
  • Advertisements For Myself On The Way Out
  • and some of the writing in italics.

"Advertisements For Myself On The Way Out" is the title to the Prologue of a long novel. Since one of the purposes of this collection is the intention to clear a ground for that novel, I have taken the opportunity to use a part of the title as a name for this book.

Acknowledgment is made to Cross-Section, Story magazine, The Harvard Advocate, New World Writing, New Short Novels, The Independent, One Magazine, The Village Voice, the N. Y. Post, Modern Writing, The Provincetown Annual, Discovery, Esquire, Partisan Review, Western Review and Dissent, where many of these pieces first appeared. Acknowledgment is also made to Time magazine and Newsweek for permission to quote from their reviews of The Deer Park.

The date which comes at the end of some of these writings refers to the year in which the piece was written. Where a date does not appear, the material is new and was written during 1958 and 1959 for this book.

FIRST TABLE OF CONTENTS

A Note to the Reader

FIRST TABLE OF CONTENTS

SECOND TABLE OF CONTENTS

First Advertisement for myself

Part 1—BEGINNINGS

Advertisement for "A Calculus At Heaven"

A CALCULUS AT HEAVEN

Advertisement for "The Greatest Thing in the World"

THE GREATEST THING IN THE WORLD

Advertisement for "Maybe Next Year"

MAYBE NEXT YEAR

Part 2—MIDDLES

Second Advertisement for myself

EXCERPTS FROM Barbary Shore

Third Advertisement for myself

Advertisement for Three War Stories

THE PAPER HOUSE

THE LANGUAGE OF MEN

THE DEAD GOOK

Advertisement for "The Notebook"

THE NOTEBOOK

Advertisement for "The Man Who Studied Yoga"

THE MAN WHO STUDIED YOGA

Advertisement for Three Political Pieces

OUR COUNTRY AND OUR CULTURE (Partisan Review Symposium)

DAVID RIESMAN RECONSIDERED

THE MEANING OF WESTERN DEFENSE

Postscript to "The Meaning of Western Defense"

Part 3—BIRTHS

Advertisement for Part Three

Advertisement for "The Homosexual Villain"

THE HOMOSEXUAL VILLAIN

Fourth Advertisement for myself: The Last Draft of The Deer Park

THREE EXCERPTS FROM RINEHART AND PUTNAM VERSIONS OF The Deer Park

Two REVIEWS: Time AND Newsweek

Postscript to the Fourth Advertisement for myself

Advertisement for Sixty-Nine Questions and Answers

SIXTY-NINE QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Fifth Advertisement for myself: GENERAL MARIJUANA

The Village Voice: FIRST THREE COLUMNS

Postscript to the first three columns

The Village Voice: COLUMNS FOUR TO SEVENTEEN

Advertisement for the End of a Column and a Public Notice

A PUBLIC NOTICE ON Waiting for Godot

Postscript to a Public Notice

Part 4—HIPSTERS

Sixth Advertisement for myself

THE WHITE NEGRO

Note to "Reflections on Hip"

REFLECTIONS ON HIP

HIPSTER AND BEATNIK

Advertisement for "Hip, Hell and the Navigator"

HIP, HELL AND THE NAVIGATOR

Part 5—GAMES AND ENDS

Advertisement for "Games and Ends"

Advertisement for "It"

IT

Advertisement for "Great in the Hay"

GREAT IN THE HAY

Advertisement for "The Patron Saint of Macdougal Alley"

THE PATRON SAINT OF MACDOUGAL ALLEY

Advertisement for a letter to the New York Post

A LETTER TO THE NEW YORK POST

HOW TO COMMIT MURDER IN THE MASS-MEDIA—A

HOW TO COMMIT MURDER IN THE MASS MEDIA—B

Advertisement for Buddies

BUDDIES, OR THE HOLE IN THE SUMMIT

Postscript to Buddies

Advertisement for "Notes Toward a Psychology of the Orgy"

THE HIP AND THE SQUARE

1. The List

2. Catholic and Protestant

3. T-Formation and Single Wing

A NOTE ON COMPARATIVE PORNOGRAPHY

FROM SURPLUS VALUE TO THE MASS-MEDIA

SOURCES—A RIDDLE IN PSYCHICAL ECONOMY

LAMENT OF A LADY

I GOT TWO KIDS AND ANOTHER IN THE OVEN

Advertisement for The Deer Park as a play

THE DEER PARK (Scenes 2, 3, and 4)

AN EYE ON PICASSO

EVALUATIONS: QUICK AND EXPENSIVE COMMENTS ON THE TALENT IN THE ROOM

Last Advertisement for myself Before the Way Out

A Note for "The Time of Her Time"

THE TIME OF HER TIME

Advertisement for "Dead Ends"

DEAD ENDS (a long poem)

ADVERTISEMENTS FOR MYSELF ON THE WAY OUT

SECOND TABLE OF CONTENTS
FICTION

A Calculus at Heaven-short novel

The Greatest Thing in the World-story

Maybe Next Year-story

Barbary Shore-excerpts from the novel

The Paper House-story

The Language of Men-story

The Dead Gook—story

The Notebook-story

The Man Who Studied Yoga-short novel

The Deer Park-excerpts from the Rinehart and Putnam versions of the novel

It-story

Great in the Hay-story

The Patron Saint of Macdougal Alley-story

The Time of Her Time-section from a novel in progress

Advertisements for Myself on the Way Out—Prologue to a Novel in Progress

ESSAYS AND ARTICLES
Our Country and Our Culture—a contribution to a Partisan Review Symposium

David Riesman Reconsidered—criticism

The Meaning of Western Defense—political article

Postscript to "The Meaning of Western Defense"

The Homosexual Villain—article

A Public Notice on Waiting for Godot—criticism

The White Negro—essay

Reflections on Hip—polemics

Hipster and Beatnik—article

How to Commit Murder in the Mass-Media (A and B)—article

The Hip and the Square—notes for an essay

A Note on Comparative Pornography-article

From Surplus Value to the Mass-Media—political article

Sources—a riddle in psychical economy

An Eye on Picasso—critical note

Evaluations: Quick and Expensive Comments on the Talent in the Room—criticism

JOURNALISM
The Columns for The Village Voice

First three columns

Columns Four to Seventeen

A Letter to the N.Y. Post

INTERVIEWS
Sixty-Nine Questions and Answers

Hip, Hell, and the Navigator

POETRY
The Drunk's Bebop and Chowder

Lament of a Lady

I Got Two Kids and Another in the Oven

Dead Ends

PLAYS
Buddies, or The Hole in the Summit—a fragment

The Deer Park-Scenes 2, 3 & 4

BIOGRAPHY OF A STYLE
First Advertisement for myself

Advertisement for "A Calculus at Heaven"

Advertisement for "The Greatest Thing in the World"

Advertisement for "Maybe Next Year"

Second Advertisement for myself

Third Advertisement for myself

Advertisement for Three War Stories

Advertisement for "The Notebook"

Advertisement for "The Man Who Studied Yoga"

Advertisement for Three Political Pieces

Advertisement for Part Three

Advertisement for "The Homosexual Villain"

Fourth Advertisement for myself: The Last Draft of The Deer Park

Postscript to the Fourth Advertisement for myself

Advertisement for "Sixty-Nine Questions and Answers"

Fifth Advertisement for myself: General Marijuana

Postscript to the first three columns

Advertisement for the End of a Column and a Public Notice

Postscript to a Public Notice

Sixth Advertisement for myself

Note to "Reflections on Hip"

Advertisement for "Hip, Hell, and the Navigator"

Advertisement for "Games and Ends"

Advertisement for "It"

Advertisement for "Great in the Hay"

Advertisement for "The Patron Saint of Macdougal Alley"

Advertisement for a letter to the New York Post

Advertisement for "Buddies"

Postscript to "Buddies"

Advertisement for "Notes Toward a Psychology of the Orgy"

Advertisement for The Deer Park as a Play

Last Advertisement for myself Before the Way Out

A Note for "The Time of Her Time"

Advertisement for "Dead Ends"

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