from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Mailer, Norman 1923-2007. American writer. Acclaimed for his World War II novel The Naked and the Dead (1948), he established New Journalism with his accounts of political events in the 1960s. Mailer's other works include The Deer Park (1955) and The Executioner's Song (1979).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as addressing-machine.
  • n. A boat or steamer which carries mail; a mail-boat.
  • n. One who pays rent.
  • n. A squatter on waste ground (with the consent of the owner) who holds himself ready to be hired by the day.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an advertisement that is sent by mail
  • n. United States writer (born in 1923)
  • n. a container for something to be mailed
  • n. a person who mails something


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  • And as a character in Mailer's Armies of the Night.

    Lance Mannion:

  • Norman Mailer is an innovator of creative nonfiction as well as a journalist, playwright, screenwriter and film director.

    Norman Mailer Added as a Speaker in the Music Center Speaker Series at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

  • And possible, too, that Mailer is here simply because this beautiful, light-filled house in the dunes, facing the sea, was the ideal place to lay up a store of solitude and silence.

    In the Footsteps of Tocqueville (Part V)

  • Could that gifted but gruesome twosome of Burroughs and Genet help to explain Mailer’s recurrence to the threat of nihilism?

    Master of Conventions

  • There he did what no other New Journalist except, later, Hunter Thompson did (and Hunter Thompson went to school to Norman Mailer), which was to insert himself, as a character, called Mailer, into the reportage.

    Beat the Devil

  • On Sept. 28, 1964, an FBI agent called Mailer's father claiming to be a friend.

    George Loper's Website

  • Murray Kempton recalls Mailer at the 1968 Democratic Party convention in Chicago talking about marching with the kids against the cops and mayor: "Norman said that if I would go alone, I had more guts than he did.

    Don Quixote at Eighty

  • Hoover had designated twenty-six thousand individuals to be arrested and jailed in any national emergency, including Martin Luther King Jr. and Norman Mailer.

    The Good Fight

  • (From BarnesandNoble. com) Neil Gaiman, the genius behind “The Sandman” graphic novels — which Norman Mailer called “a comic strip for intellectuals” — delves into novel-length fiction with Neverwhere, a wild and mesmerizing story set in a bizarre and chilling underground London.

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  • In American literature such "poet-critics" have often enough been novelists: Henry James, Ralph Ellison, Mary McCarthy, among living writers Norman Mailer, Gilbert Sorrentino, John Updike, very recently writers like Jonatham Lethem and Michael Chabon.

    Principles of Literary Criticism


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