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  • "Concepts of aristocracy are breaking down all over and Mailer's chagrin swells when he considers that he was maybe just about to make it, with his Great American Novel. It is ironic that student interest in him was one of the ways in which students pushed courses in American literature out of shape. It is sad that he himself does not realize that the immense pressure that the literary machine brings upon genius has already turned him into Superhack, poet laureate without the bays."
    - 'My Mailer Problem', Germaine Greer in Esquire, 1971.

    April 6, 2008