Mailer: His Life and Times

Mailer: His Life and Times

by Peter Manso
     
 

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THE DEFINITIVE, AUTHORIZED ORAL BIOGRAPHY OF THE AMERICAN ICON

The winner of every major national literary award, the preeminent novelist of his generation, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, a movie director, politician, pugilist, antiwar activist, hipster, philosopher, and enfant terrible, Norman Mailer has been maligned, loved, hated, belittled,

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THE DEFINITIVE, AUTHORIZED ORAL BIOGRAPHY OF THE AMERICAN ICON

The winner of every major national literary award, the preeminent novelist of his generation, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, a movie director, politician, pugilist, antiwar activist, hipster, philosopher, and enfant terrible, Norman Mailer has been maligned, loved, hated, belittled, idolized — but never ignored. This sweeping biography captures the legend's extraordinary life and career in his own fascinating words and in vivid accounts by his famous peers, friends, enemies, wives, lovers, and family members. Mailer is an extraordinary tapestry, a portrait of an era as well as a man — as protean as the subject himself and just as overflowing with life.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Try dipping into Mr. Manso's interviews without at once becoming addicted....You can't." — The New York Times

"Manso's exhaustive, kiss-and-tell biography seems fitting for a man of such caprice and profligacy, his work defined by excess and brilliance at once." — The Boston Globe

"The book is grand gossip, a sort of portable Hamptons, Everyman's own private literary soirée." — Time

"A rare and unprecedented document." — Los Angeles Times Book Review

"Frank, detailed, outspoken, funny, horrifying, fascinating, ludicrous, awesome, irreverent, brave, hypnotic, petty, dramatic, adroit, and unseemly — a whirlwig of ambition, passion, and disaster....It will make you forget your troubles." — The Village Voice

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Based on interviews with more than 200 people, this gigantic book is not so much biography as a skillful compilation of multiple versions of events in the life of Norman Mailer. Not surprisingly, we are reminded that Mailer is often competitive, belligerent and drunk in public; on the other hand, in private he can be courteous and considerate. ``Reading this book is an exciting, irresistible experience,'' PW stated. (March)
The New York Times

"Try dipping into Mr. Manso's interviews without at once becoming addicted.... You can't."

The Boston Globe

"Manso's exhaustive, kiss-and-tell biography seems fitting for a man of such caprice and profligacy, his work defined by excess and brilliance at once."

Time

"The book is grand gossip, a sort of portable Hamptons, Everyman's own private literary soirée."

Los Angeles Times Book Review

"A rare and unprecedented document."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416562863
Publisher:
Washington Square Press
Publication date:
11/18/2008
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
768
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.08(h) x 1.59(d)

Meet the Author

Peter Manso is the author of the definitive biography of Marlon Brando, as well as Ptown: Art, Sex, and Money on the Outer Cape, which was a #1 Boston Globe bestseller. His work has also appeared in the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Vanity Fair, Premiere, and Paris Match.

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