Norman Mailer
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Norman Mailer

Norman Kingsley Mailer (January 31, 1923 - November 10, 2007) was an American novelist, journalist, essayist, playwright, film-maker, actor and political activist. His novel The Naked and the Dead was published in 1948. His best-known work was widely considered to be The Executioner's Song, which was published in 1979, and for which he won one of his two Pulitzer Prizes. In addition to the Pulitzer Prize, his book Armies of the Night was awarded the National Book Award.

Along with Truman Capote, Hunter S. Thompson and Tom Wolfe, Mailer is considered an innovator of creative nonfiction, a genre sometimes called New Journalism, which uses the style and devices of literary fiction in fact-based journalism.

Mailer was also known for his essays, the most renowned of which was "The White Negro." He was a cultural commentator and critic, expressing his views through his novels, journalism, essays and frequent media appearances.

In 1955, Mailer and four others founded The Village Voice, an arts- and politics-oriented weekly newspaper distributed in Greenwich Village.
Bio from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Photo by Carl Van Vechten [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

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    • The Executioner's Song

    • By: Norman Mailer
    • Narrated by: Maxwell Hamilton
    • Length: 42 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 37
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 32
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33

    Norman Mailer's Pulitzer Prize-winning and unforgettable classic about convicted killer Gary Gilmore. The Executioner's Song follows the short, blighted life of Gary Gilmore who became famous after he robbed two men in 1976 and killed them in cold blood....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Pulitzer-winner spoiled by numskulled narration

    • By W Perry Hall on 05-21-18

    Regular price: $34.21

    • The Naked and the Dead

    • By: Norman Mailer
    • Narrated by: John Buffalo Mailer
    • Length: 26 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 152
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 141
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 142

    Hailed as one of the finest novels to come out of the Second World War, The Naked and the Dead received unprecedented critical acclaim upon its publication....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • John Buffalo Mailer narrates his father's book

    • By J. Larson on 08-11-16

    Regular price: $29.99

    • The Armies of the Night

    • History as a Novel, the Novel as History
    • By: Norman Mailer
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17

    The Armies of the Night chronicles the famed October 1967 March on the Pentagon, in which all of the old and new Left came together to protest the Vietnam War....

    Regular price: $29.99

    • Of a Fire on the Moon

    • By: Norman Mailer
    • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
    • Length: 17 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    For many, the moon landing was the defining event of the twentieth century. So it seems only fitting that Norman Mailer wrote the most wide-ranging, far-seeing chronicle of the Apollo 11 mission....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • I don't get why this book was written

    • By Adam on 11-11-17

    Regular price: $29.99

    • The Fight

    • By: Norman Mailer
    • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
    • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 29

    In 1974 in Kinshasa, Zaïre, two African American boxers were paid five million dollars apiece to fight each other....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Narrator refers to himself in 3rd person.

    • By Katie on 08-01-18

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Ancient Evenings

    • A Novel
    • By: Norman Mailer
    • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Length: 29 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 15

    Norman Mailer's dazzlingly rich, deeply evocative novel of ancient Egypt breathes life into the figures of a lost era: the eighteenth-dynasty Pharaoh Rameses and his wife, Queen Nefertiti....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointing

    • By night owl on 04-17-18

    Regular price: $29.99

    • Harlot's Ghost

    • A Novel
    • By: Norman Mailer
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 48 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 33
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 31

    Harry Hubbard is the son and godson of CIA legends. His journey to learn the secrets of his society - and his own past - takes him through the Bay of Pigs, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and more....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Timely & Terrific

    • By Jeffrey L. Gingold on 05-26-17

    Regular price: $29.99

    • Oswald's Tale

    • An American Mystery
    • By: Norman Mailer
    • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
    • Length: 29 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41

    In perhaps his most important literary feat, Norman Mailer fashions an unprecedented portrait of one of the great villains - and enigmas - in United States history. Here is Lee Harvey Oswald....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Outstanding

    • By night owl on 04-21-17

    Regular price: $29.99

    • The Spooky Art

    • Thoughts on Writing
    • By: Norman Mailer
    • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
    • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 17

    In The Spooky Art, Mailer discusses with signature candor the rewards and trials of the writing life, and recommends the tools to navigate it....

    Regular price: $29.99

    • The Deer Park

    • A Novel
    • By: Norman Mailer
    • Narrated by: John Buffalo Mailer
    • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 9

    Amid the cactus wilds some two hundred miles from Hollywood lies a privileged oasis called Desert D'Or. It is a place for starlets and would-be starlets, directors, studio execs....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Horrible

    • By Nancy in MA on 12-08-17

    Regular price: $29.99

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