Norman Mailer: A Man of Letters Inspired by the People of the Book (Tributes) (In Memoriam) - The Mailer Review

Norman Mailer: A Man of Letters Inspired by the People of the Book (Tributes) (In Memoriam)

By The Mailer Review

  • Release Date - Published: 2008-09-22
  • Book Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Author: The Mailer Review
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Norman Mailer: A Man of Letters Inspired by the People of the Book (Tributes) (In Memoriam) The Mailer Review read online review & book description:

THE NORMAN MAILER WHO DIED IN NEW YORK at the age Of 84, and whom I met in November 2006, was not the brash showman--arm-wrestling with Muhammad Ali, boxing with Jose Torres, hobnobbing with Jackie Onassis at a New York society dinner. This Mailer looked more like my beloved rabbinic grandfather: nearly blind, practically deaf and maneuvering around painfully with the use of two steel canes. Yet at this late date, as Mailer's famous deep-blue eyes sparkled, his spirit of Jewish mischief, which animated both his life and work, remained undimmed. As a scholar of Jewish American writing, I have always been fascinated by the ways in which Mailer is able to bring Jewish themes into writing that often seems very different from Jewish work. When I mentioned to a group of scholars at a conference last year at the Harry Ransom Center (occasioned by Mailer's selling his papers to the University of Texas at Austin; he was the latest in a long line of Jewish writers to do so) that I thought Mailer was a deeply Jewish writer, my claim was met with a good deal of skepticism.

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