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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. Introduction Literary tourism as a type of cultural or heritage tourism is well known today, especially in the United States of America, where Norman Mailer plays a significant role in literary tourism. Today, Provincetown in Massachusetts, for example, is strongly associated to the great American author Norman Mailer. He was one of the greatest men of letters in the second half of the twentieth century, who strongly influenced many areas of American public life (besides literature also journalism and politics), and has become a generator of literary tourism. Yes, recently, literary tourism has been on the rise. Probably because literature in all its varieties and genres is very important not only for literature lovers, literature enthu- siasts or professionals and linguists, but for people from all career fields and walks of life. For a number of reasons, literature – and reading for that matter – are vital for everyone. Obviously, reading is an essential skill for functioning in everyday life, for establishing quality relationships, for fulfilling professional responsibities, and much more. Reading develops the mind, the spirit, and imagination, which in turn hone the creative sides of human personality. This creativity manifests in all areas of life, including economic development. Literature can be experienced in many different ways. One such mode of experience is literary tourism, which is described in this monograph in connection to the American novelist and journalist Norman Mailer, a great man of letters, who is considered to be one of the most important American authors of...

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