Norman Mailer: A Double Life (Hardcover)
A Double Life
Simon & Schuster, 9781439150191, 947pp.
Publication Date: October 15, 2013
Praise For Norman Mailer: A Double Life…
“In the hands of this superb biographer, Norman Mailer comes vividly to life—irresistible, brilliant, formidable, hungry for fame, and endlessly fascinating. Lennon’s great achievement lies in matching Mailer’s energy and talent with his own. This is surely one of the best biographies ever written of an American writer.”
-Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of The Bully Pulpit and Team of Rivals
“Lennon captures Mailer brilliantly—in all his guises and disguises. At the heart of Mailer’s writing was a selfishness to live as many lives as possible, coupled with a deep and elusive empathy. He kept slipping into new times, and geographies, losing himself there. The only things worth doing were the things that might break a heart—and indeed he broke many. Lennon looks at a literary life with great compassion and comprehensive accuracy. A biography for scholars and readers alike.”
-Colum McCann, author of TransAtlantic and Let the Great World Spin
“Norman Mailer lived a big, brash, bawdy, belligerent life, and J. Michael Lennon has captured every moment of it.”
-Deirdre Bair, author of Saul Steinberg and Samuel Beckett
"Mailer comes alive on every page, often in his own words, compulsive in his self-overcoming, in his ‘Napoleonic’ battling with peers and critics to become America’s number-one writer, and in his often self-destructive dealings with the world he wanted to analyze (and did) and conquer (not quite). This biography is brisk and electric, a vigorous panorama of the ‘singular, unprecedented and irreplaceable’ life that Norman Mailer lived."
-William Kennedy, author of Changó’s Beads and Two-Tone Shoes and Ironweed