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

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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 ...

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Overview


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.   

Following his arrest during the October 1967 anti-Vietnam march at the Pentagon, Mailer wrote of the anger, hippies, bewildered MPs and draft-card burners.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452272798
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/1995
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 305,882
  • Product dimensions: 5.42 (w) x 8.08 (h) x 0.68 (d)

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Norman Mailer
Norman Mailer
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.

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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2012

    Whether you "like" Mailer, OR not . . . .

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2003

    A great work of journalism

    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.

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