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"Essential reading for all who have enjoyed Mailer's work."
-J. Michael Lennon, author of Norman Mailer: A Double Life
Dr. Joe Wenke reissues his landmark study of Norman Mailer with a new
Preface assessing the importance of Mailer and his work. According to Mike
Lennon, author of Mailer: A Double Life, "the reissue of Joseph Wenke's
thoughtful study, Mailer's America, provides renewed hope for a deeper
nderstanding of Mailer's work. No other commentator has focused so
relentlessly on the deepest purpose of Mailer's hugely varied oeuvre, namely
to 'clarify a nation's vision of itself.' Wenke's examination inhabits, patrols and
maps the territory between the millennial promise of America and its often
dispiriting actuality. His study contains probing, nuanced and careful
examinations of all Mailer's work though the mid-1980s, including one of the
first major examinations of Mailer's most demanding novel, Ancient Evenings.
Wenke's book deserves a wide audience, and is essential reading for all who
have enjoyed Mailer's work."
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