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Norman Mailer Books In Order

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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Naked and the Dead (1948)Description / Buy at Amazon
Barbary Shore (1952)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Deer Park (1955)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Presidential Papers (1963)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cannibals and Christians (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
An American Dream (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bull Fight: A Photographic Narrative (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
Why Are We in Vietnam? (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maidstone (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
St. George and the Godfather (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
Watching My Name Go By (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Of a Small and Modest Malignancy, Wicked and Bristling with Dots (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
After the White Negro (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ancient Evenings (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tough Guys Don't Dance (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Harlot's Ghost (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Gospel According to the Son (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Castle in the Forest (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Advertisements for Myself (1959)Description / Buy at Amazon
Deaths for the Ladies (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon
Existential Errands (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Short Fiction of Norman Mailer (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pieces (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Essential Mailer (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pontifications (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pieces and Pontifications (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Time Of Our Time (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Modest Gifts (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

The White Negro (1959)Description / Buy at Amazon
Miami and the Siege of Chicago (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
Why Are We at War? (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Armies of the Night (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Fire on the Moon (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
Prisoner of Sex (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
Marilyn (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Faith of Graffiti (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Fight (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
Genius & Lust (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
Some Honorable Men: Political Conventions, 1960-1972 (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Transit To Narcissus: A Facsimile of the Original Typescript (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Executioner's Song (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
Of Women and Their Elegance (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Huckleberry Finn: Alive at 100 (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Language of Men (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
How the Wimp Won the War (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Oswald's Tale (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Portrait of Picasso As a Young Man (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Muhammad Ali: Ringside (With: Joyce Carol Oates,Alex Haley) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Into the Mirror: The Life of Robert P. Hanssen (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Spooky Art (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Big Empty (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
On God: An Uncommon Conversation (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mind of an Outlaw (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Vidal vs. Mailer (With: Gore Vidal) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Selected Letters of Norman Mailer (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ten Thousand Words a Minute (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Nation Books

Los Gusanos (By: John Sayles) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best of The Nation (By: Victor Navasky,vanden Heuvel, Katrina) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Betrayal of America (By: Vincent Bugliosi) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dreaming War (By: Gore Vidal) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Unsustainable (By: Eamonn Fingleton) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Red and the Blacklist (By: Norma Barzman) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Napoleon's Glance (By: William Duggan) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shaking the Foundations (By: Pete Hamill,Bruce Shapiro) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Prayer for America (By: Dennis Kucinich) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Taking Back America (By: Katrina Vanden Heuvel,Robert L. Borosage) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Hole in the World (By: Jonathan Schell) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Truth About Camp David (By: Clayton E. Swisher) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Good, the Bad and the Dolce Vita (With: Mickey Knox) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murdered by Capitalism (By: John Ross) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Imperial America (By: Gore Vidal) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Killed (By: David Wallis) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Love, Poverty, and War (By: Christopher Hitchens) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Against the Beast (By: John Nichols) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The High Times Reader (By: Ann Nocenti,Paul Krassner,Ruth Baldwin) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Deserter from Death (By: Howard Zinn,Daniel Singer) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blood, Class and Empire (By: Christopher Hitchens) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Genocide of the Mind (By: Vine Deloria Jr.) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Writers At Work: The Paris Review Interviews(1957)Description / Buy at Amazon
This Was Your War(1960)Description / Buy at Amazon
We Accuse(1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cosmos Reader(1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
Anti-Story: An Anthology of Experimental Fiction(1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
Unknown California(1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
First Fiction: An Anthology of the First Published Stories by Famous Writers(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Writing Los Angeles(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
FIRST WORDS: Earliest Writing from Favorite Contemporary Authors(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
UNION: 50 Years of Writing from Singapore and 15 Years of Drunken Boat(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon

Norman Mailer was a well known novelist from America, who was famous for writing in the genres of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. In addition to being a noteworthy novelist, he was also a reputed playwright, filmmaker, essayist, political activist, and journalist. The first book written by him was published in 1948. Its title was The Naked and the Dead. Among the best known works of author Mailer are included his novel, The Executioner’s Song. It came out in 1979. This novel helped author Mailer win a couple of Pulitzer Prizes. He has also won a National Book Award for one of his other books. Author Mailer is known to have innovated a new genre called creative nonfiction, along with other authors like Joan Didion, Tom Wolfe, Truman Capote, and Hunter Thompson. This new genre is sometimes referred to as New Journalism and uses the devices and styles of literary fiction in the fact based journalism. Author Mailer was equally well known for writing essays. His most famous essay is called The White Negro. As a cultural critic and commentator, Mailer expressed his views on a frequent basis through his essays, journalism, novels, and media appearances. In 1955, he laid the foundation of a political and arts oriented weekly newspaper called The Village Voice, along with a few of his friends. This paper was made available in the Greenwich Village. Author Mailer was born as Norman Kingsley Mailer on January 31, 1923, in Long Beach, New Jersey, United States. He belonged to a Jewish family. Mailer’s father worked as an accountant, while her mother was the owner of a nursing and housekeeping agency. Mailer had a younger sister named Barbara. Most of the upbringing of author Mailer was done in Brooklyn. He completed his school education from the Boys High School and then joined the Harvard University in the year 1939 at the age of 16 years. During his undergraduate program, he became a Signet Society member.

Author Mailer pursued aeronautical engineering at Harvard and later developed an interest in writing. His first story was published when he was 18 years old. It won the college contest organized by Story Magazine in 1941. After the completion of his graduation in 1943, Mailer joined the US Army. With the hope getting deferred from service, he entered into the argument that he was developing an important literary work pertaining to the world war. However, the deferral was rejected and he was forced into service. He underwent training in Fort Bragg and then got posted in Philippines. During the time of his service in Philippines, Mailer was mainly involved in cooking. The experience that he gained from his short service in the army gave him the inspiration to write his first book. Author Mailer has penned a total of 12 books over the course of his 59 year career. Following the end of his army service, Mailer enrolled himself at the Paris Unviersity and started studying again. At around the same time, he was also working on developing his debut book. After its publication, the book went on to be listed in the New York Times bestseller list and remained there for a total of 62 weeks. The book was hailed as one of the best wartime novels in the American literature. Following the immense success of this book, author Mailer went on to write a few more bestselling books in his career. Besides, he also carried out important works in his other careers as well. An important aspect Mailer’s career is his biographical work that included subjects like Muhammad Ali, Lee Harvey Oswald, Pablo Picasso, Marilyn Monroe, Gary Gilmore, etc. Author Mailer had married for a total of 6 times in his lifetime and had fathered 9 children altogether. His first marriage took place in 1944, while the last one happened in 1980. All his previous marriages ended in divorces, but the 6th one remained intact until his death in 2007. Later in his writing career, Mailer worked with his son named John Buffalo Mailer to co-write a book called The Big Empty. Author Mailer’s death occurred on November 10, 2007 in Manhattan, New York, due to renal failure. He is buried in the Provincetown Cemetery, Massachusetts.

An early book written by Norman Mailer is entitled ‘The Fight’. It was released in 1997 by the Vintage publication, after its original release in 1971. In this book, author Mailer has given the description of a boxing match fought by Muhammad Ali. At the start of the book, it is shown that 2 Afro-American boxers were paid 5 million dollars each in 1974 in Kinshasa, Zaire, for fighting against each other in the ring. One among them was Muhammad Ali, who had started to age and already famous by that time. The other boxers was George Foreman, who was a very taciturn fighter. The fight was witnessed by author Mailer, who was present as a commentator. Mailer showed a great audacity, acumen, and energy while commenting on the fighters’ moves and interpreting the characters of each of them during the fight. He even weighed the competing claims of both the fighters on the American and African souls. The book turned out to be an excellent masterpiece of sport literature due to the grasp of author Mailer of the strategies and feints of the titanic battle. Mailer’s sensitivity about deeper symbolism also helped in the book’s success in the long run.

Another successful book written by author Mailer is called ‘An American Dream’. The Vintage publishers released this book in 1999. Author Mailer has described the primary characters of this book as Stephen Rojack and Deborah Caughlin Kelly. At the beginning of the book’s story, Stephen Rojack is introduced into the plot as a famous war hero and an ex-Congressman. Now, he runs a TV show of his own and is considered a respected public intellectual. Stephen’s wife is the beautiful, amoral, and rich Caughlin Kelly. One night, Stephen experiences that he is in conservation with the moon while standing on the terrace of a high-rise building in New York. It appears that the moon is forcing him to murder himself. And in an attempt to defend himself in the act, Stephen Rojack ends up killing his beautiful wife. This makes Stephen run for his life through the same city, which regarded him as a privileged citizen once. Through this novel, author Mailer has tried to peel away the social reforms’ layers in order to reveal a world full of relentless cruelty and pure appetite. Overall, the book appears to be quite thrilling, sensual, and thrilling. It attracted a number of readers worldwide and also faced some controversy because of the subject taken up by author Mailer.

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