Norman Mailer Essay - Norman Mailer Long Fiction Analysis

Norman Mailer Long Fiction Analysis

Some of Norman Mailer’s earliest writing, including “The Greatest Thing in the World,” a prizewinner in a 1941 Story magazine contest, reveals that even at a very early age he could write accomplished, imitative apprentice fiction in the modes of Ernest Hemingway and John Dos Passos. Before his own service, Mailer was exploring the experience of war in “A Calculus at Heaven” (1942), which suggests his ambition to portray the sweep of his time, to show the psychological and sociological preconditions of war and the existential choices it demands.

The Naked and the Dead

Mailer advanced with astonishing rapidity from his first attempts at fiction to his own war experience to the...

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