Mailer: A Biography

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 478 pages
Undeniably one of the most controversial figures of the past half-century, Mailer has also been one of the most influential. He has both made the news and commented on it with an originality that has permanently altered America's literary landscape. Mary Dearborn had unprecedented access to Mailer's friends, relations, and antagonists, who provided key insights to fill in the familiar outlines of the Mailer myth, the brilliant successes and notorious failures. As splendidly told by Dearborn, Mailer's story is, for good or ill, the story of our times.
 

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Contents

THE KING
11
HARVARD
22
THE ARMY
36
PARIS
50
POLITICS AND HOLLYWOOD
65
ENTER ADELE
77
THE DEER PARK
91
HIP
108
THE CANDIDATE
259
THE MOON
273
THE PRISONER OF SEX
283
THE TERROR OF THE TV TALK SHOW
297
MAILER AND MONROE
313
RUMBLE IN THE JUNGLE
326
INTO THE HEARTLAND
339
A RECKONING
352

THE WHITE NEGRO
123
LITERARY POLITICIAN
137
BEYOND THE LAW
155
THE NEW JOURNALIST
171
CHANGING PARTNERS
189
A GAMBLE AND A NEW DIRECTION
203
PROJECTS
216
THE ARMIES OF THE NIGHT
230
1968
247
EGYPT AND A BRUSH WITH THE LAW
364
A MISTRESS A PATRON AND A THRILLER
378
THE HALLS OF POWER THE CIA AND PEN
393
AMONG THE SPOOKS
407
EPILOGUE
417
Notes
428
Bibliography
459
Index
464
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Mary V. Dearborn is the author of MAILER: A BIOGRAPHY, as well as biographies of Henry Miller, John Dewey and Anzia Yezierska, and Louise Bryant. Dearborn holds a doctorate in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University, where she was a Mellon Fellow in the Humanities. Dearborn currently resides in New York.

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