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Literary Tourism

The Case of Norman Mailer – Mailer’s Life and Legacy

Jasna Potočnik Topler

Most of Norman Mailer’s works depict the reality of the United States of America and the complexities of the contemporary American social, political and economic scenes. They also contributed to the development of literary tourism. This monograph reveals Mailer’s literary places and points out the areas of social and political contemporary life that he most often referred to in the following works: The Naked and the Dead, An American Dream, Why Are We in Vietnam?, The Armies of the Night, Miami and the Siege of Chicago, Of a Fire on the Moon, The Executioner's Song and Why Are We at War?

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1. Introduction ...................................................................................11 1.1 Methodology and Literature Review ......................................14 2. The Lives of Norman Mailer ...................................................17 2.1 Biographical Sketch of Norman Mailer ..................................20 2.1.1 Childhood ...................................................................... 20 2.1.2 Harvard .......................................................................... 22 2.1.3 The Army ....................................................................... 23 2.1.4 The Writer in Need of Inspiration ................................... 24 3. Mailer’s Works ............................................................................31 3.1 A Remarkable Stylist and New Journalist ..............................31 3.2 America, O, America… ..........................................................32 3.3 Fiction Or Non-Fiction? .........................................................34 3.4 Mailer’s Ouvre .......................................................................36 3.5 Mailer’s First Published Novel................................................38 3.6 Mailer’s Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels – The Executioner’s Song and The Armies of the Night ...................41 3.6.1 The Executioner’s Song ................................................... 41 3.6.2 The Armies of The Night ................................................ 47 3.7 Some Other Outstanding Works By Mailer ............................53 3.7.1 An American Dream ....................................................... 53 3.7.2 Miami and The Siege of Chicago .................................... 58 3.7.3 Why Are We in Vietnam? ............................................... 61 3.7.4 Of a fire on the Moon ..................................................... 64 3.7.5 Why Are We at War? ...................................................... 69 3.8 The Swan Song – The Castle in the Forest ..............................75 10 4. Mailer’s Reception in Europe and Slovenia ...........................77 4.1 Translations ...........................................................................77 4.1.1 Mailer in Europe and The Balkans ................................. 77 4.1.2 Mailer in Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian and Slovene ... 78 4.1.3 Yugoslav Media on Mailer ............................................. 85 4.1.4 Mailer is Still of Relevance in The Balkans ..................... 90 5. Mailer and Literary Tourism ....................................................91 5.1 Mailer – The Generator of Cultural and Literary Tourism .....91 5.1.1 Literary Tourism ............................................................. 91 5.2 Legacy Power .........................................................................93 5.3 Mailer – His Roots and Travels ..............................................95 5.4 Brooklyn and Provincetown – Mailer’s Special Literary Tourism Destinations .............................................................99 5.4.1 Brooklyn ......................................................................... 99 5.4.2 Provincetown ................................................................ 103 Afterword .........................................................................................107 References ............................................................................................109 Pictures..............................................................................................117...

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