The Armies of the Night

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The Armies of the Night

History as a Novel, the Novel as History

By Norman Mailer

Plume Books, Paperback, 9780452272798, 304pp.

Publication Date: January 1, 1995

Description
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize
Winner of the National Book Award
This classic of "new journalism" daringly combines reportage with a novelistic style.

Armies of the Night centers on the March on the Pentagon, the most famous anti-Vietnam War rally in Washington DC, and the characters that occupy this opposition the intellectuals, students, African Americans, liberals, and marching women. Mailer, a novelist-as-character, sculpts this impressionably fragile world of the Left versus Authority and Peace versus War, prodding at the Vietnam generation's deepest anxieties.
In the same way Truman Capote's In Cold Blood introduced the "non-fiction novel," Armies of the Night renders this form, with turns historical and fictional.


About the Author
Born in 1923 in Long Branch, New Jersey, and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Norman Mailerwas one of the most influential writers of the second half of the twentieth century and a leading public intellectual for nearly sixty years. He is the author of more than thirty books.The Castle in the Forest, his last novel, was his eleventhNew York Timesbestseller. His first novel, The Naked and the Dead, has never gone out of print. His 1968 nonfiction narrative, The Armies of the Night, won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. He won a second Pulitzer forThe Executioner s Songand is the only person to date to have won Pulitzers in both fiction and nonfiction. Five of his books were nominated for National Book Awards, and he won a lifetime achievement award from the National Book Foundation in 2005. Norman Mailer died in 2007 in New York City."

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