The Armies of the Night: History as a Novel, the Novel as History

The Armies of the Night: History as a Novel, the Novel as History

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by Norman Mailer
     
 

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One of the first examples of "new journalism" daringly combines reportage with a novelistic style and garnered Mailer his first Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award.

Armies of the Night centers on the March on the Pentagon, the most famous anti-Vietnam War rally in Washington DC, and the characters that occupy this opposition––the

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One of the first examples of "new journalism" daringly combines reportage with a novelistic style and garnered Mailer his first Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award.

Armies of the Night centers on the March on the Pentagon, the most famous anti-Vietnam War rally in Washington DC, and the characters that occupy this opposition––the intellectuals, students, African Americans, liberals, and marching women. Mailer, a novelist-as-character, sculpts this impressionably fragile world of the Left versus Authority and Peace versus War, prodding at the Vietnam generation’s deepest anxieties.
 
In the same way Truman Capote's In Cold Blood introduced the "non-fiction novel,"  Armies of the Night renders this form, with turns historical and fictional.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780452272798
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/28/1995
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
308,454
Product dimensions:
5.27(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.63(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Born in Long Branch, NJ, in 1923, and raised in Brooklyn, Norman Mailer was one of the most influential writers of the second half of the 20th century and a leading public intellectual for nearly sixty years. He is the author of more than thirty books. The Castle in the Forest, his last novel, was his eleventh New York Times bestseller. His first novel, The Naked and the Dead, 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 National Book Foundation in 2005. Mr. Mailer died in 2007 in New York City.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Provincetown, Massachusetts, and New York, New York
Date of Birth:
January 31, 1923
Date of Death:
November 10, 2007
Place of Birth:
Long Branch, New Jersey
Education:
B.S., Harvard University, 1943; Sorbonne, Paris, 1947-48

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The Armies of the Night: History as a Novel, the Novel as History 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this to be highly entertaining/provocative/informative, and--given that Norman Mailer penned the account--sure, inflammatory....in its own charming way. If you're a Mailer fan, I highly recommend The Armies of the Night, but I would also recommend the book to anyone interested in 1960's pop-culture, politics, and any fan of a piece of writing that's just so damned creative, and original, it could take some aback... -todd
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is arguably the best Mailer book after 'The Naked and the Dead.' The intrusive,pontificating ,egoistical,probing Mailer personna works here as narrator. The tale of the march , the protest , the whole sage of America's struggle with its soul is written about in such a way ,as to make the reader feel he is living in the midst of history ,in significant times.This may not be the novel as journalism, but it certainly is a kind of high-powered ,reflective,personal journalism of great interest and value.