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Norman Mailer and the Modernist Turn


Jerry Schuchalter

This study is a comprehensive scholarly treatment of Norman Mailer’s entire œuvre, including not only his fiction and non-fiction, but also his correspondence, his early journal articles and his interviews. It outlines Mailer’s Entwicklungsgeschichte, illuminating the lines of continuity and discontinuity in his literary achievement and shows Mailer’s work to be firmly ensconced in the tradition of Modernism and inspired by the Pound-Eliot axis. It argues that Mailer’s literary opus is intertwined with his worldview, which, despite its inconsistencies and contradictions, contains a systematic structure.
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Bibliographic Information published by the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek The Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the Deutsche Nationalbibliografie; detailed bibliographic data is available in the internet at

Cover image: “Zarathustra” reprinted with the permission of Synnöve Sevon

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Schuchalter, Jerry, 1945-

Norman Mailer and the modernist turn / Jerry Schuchalter.

pages cm. – (American Culture ; Band 13)

Includes bibliographical references and index.

ISBN 978-3-631-66821-4

1. Mailer, Norman–Criticism and interpretation. 2. Modernism (Lit-erature) I. Title.

PS3525.A4152Z877 2015


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