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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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