Judy Dempsey

An Interview with Norman Mailer

In 1962, Diana Trilling wrote of Mailer’s first novel, The Naked and the Dead as being his first and last novel to be set outdoors. Not taking into account his Armies of the Night, which is not a novel in the conventional sense, but a series of reflections and commentaries on various aspects of American life, this statement has held true until this week, with the publication of Mailer’s monumental ‘tribute’ to Gary Gilmore.

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