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THE TIME OF OUR TIME is a selection of Mailer's best work, chosen by Mailer himself, and ingeniously arranged as a literary retrospective. It is a masterly, boisterous portrait of our times, seen through the fiction and reportage of a great writer. Included are passages from THE NAKED AND THE DEAD, THE ARMIES OF THE NIGHT and THE EXECUTIONER'S SONG, as well as many of his other works and his best-known magazine pieces from Marilyn Monroe to Madonna. This giant omnibus is a testament to Mailer's enormous energies, his vast curiosity, and his amazing talent and amounts almost to a self-chosen literary 'autobiography'.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780349112008
ISBN-10: 0349112002
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 63mm)
Pages: 1312
Imprint: Abacus
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 3-Jun-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Reviews

UK Kirkus Review » This vast, tremendous, enriching retrospective of Norman Mailer's writing is also a review of much of the 20th century. Excerpts from his finest novels are included among portraits of leading American political and cultural figures such as Dorothy Parker, Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller, Madonna, Nixon and Clinton. Aided by some priceless journalism, fictional and historical figures begin to merge in a portrait of the century as seen through the eyes of one of its greatest writers. (Kirkus UK)

US Kirkus Review » Anticipating his eventual biographers by identifying the themes that have animated his work, and apparently anxious to remind the current literary audience of some of the highlights in his massive body of work and lengthy career, Mailer has come up with a typically idiosyncratic version of an anthology. Essays, stories, and excerpts from his novels are arranged here not so much by subject matter as by the years the material covers, from the 1940s up to the 1990s (with detours to ancient Egypt and Palestine in the first years of the millennium). The year 1964, for instance, is represented by an excerpt from the novel An American Dream; 1966 by a portion of the novel Why Are We in Vietnam?; and 1967 and 1968 by work drawn from The Armies of the Night and Miami and the Siege of Chicago. This chronological ordering does serve to point out Mailer's immersion in his times, and his often very prescient view of events. No other American novelist has been so actively, visibly involved in broad questions of American culture and politics. Taken as a whole, the anthology also reminds the reader of just how prolific, and original, Mailer has been. It's size, too, points out Mailer's unwillingness to end anything; the slender works of his youth and maturity have been replaced by some massive, and intermittently tedious, works of fiction. Still, this is a unique, and very useful, work, and certainly the best possible introduction to one of the most prodigious careers in modern American letters. (Kirkus Reviews)


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Author Biography - Norman Mailer

Norman Mailer is twice winner of the Pulitzer Prize. He lives in New York.

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