Norman Mailer

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Book Review: Norman Mailer. Neil Leifer. Howard L. Bingham. The Fight

Nearly fifty years after Muhammad Ali and George Foreman met in Kinshasa, Zaire, Taschen pays homage to the Rumble in the Jungle with a special edition of Norman Mailer’s The Fight. This version takes Mailer’s account of the boxing match and presents it alongside photography from renowned sports photographers...
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James Gray To Write & Direct Drama Series About Norman Mailer

Click here to read the full article. EXCLUSIVE: Norman Mailer, the celebrated and controversial author behind books such as The Executioner’s Song, made headlines earlier this year as part of a publishing brouhaha related to a new collection of the late author’s work. The author of The White Negro: Superficial Reflections on the Hipster is now back in the news with a television series about his life. John Buffalo Mailer, the son of the writer who died in 2007, created Mailer and has now teamed up with Ad Astra writer/director James Gray on the project. Gray is also behind feature films including Charlie Hunnam-fronted...
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‘Mailer’: James Gray To Write/Direct Series Based On Life Of Writer Norman Mailer

Filmmaker James Gray (“The Lost City of Z”), who was most recently behind the Brad Pitt-led sci-fi film “Ad Astra,” is turning his sights toward a more grounded dramatic series for his next effort. Gray will be writing and directing a show based on the life of famed writer Norman Mailer, the celebrated and controversial author of such books as “The Executioner’s Song” and “The White Negro: Superficial Reflections On The Hipster.”
Boston Globe

Canceling my father, Norman Mailer: The US needs to stop eating its own

Recently a story about the writer (and my father) Norman Mailer getting canceled tore across the Internet. Whether he was actually canceled remains open to debate. What started the hoopla was Random House, Mailer’s longstanding publisher, suggesting his estate submit a book proposal. The book was to contain excerpts from several of his political writings and interviews in which he presciently laid out the fragility of democracy. The collection was intended to be an honorarium for his centenary in 2023.

Column: Norman Mailer may not be well remembered, but no, he was not ‘canceled’

I have something embarrassing to admit: I forgot about Norman Mailer. There was a time, maybe 30 or so years ago, when I would’ve said that “The Executioner’s Song,” Mailer’s rendering of the life and death by firing squad of Gary Gilmore, was one of my favorite books. Gilmore the first man executed after the reinstatement of the death penalty in 1976. But the truth is, prior to a brief, ...

Norman Mailer has not been ‘cancelled’, his son insists

Norman Mailer’s son has denied reports that the late writer has been “cancelled” over his controversialist views. Earlier this week, the journalist Michael Wolff, author of the Trump White House exposé Fire and Fury, claimed in an article for The Ankler that a planned collection of Mailer’s political writings to mark the centennial of his birth next year had been cancelled by Random House. According to Wolff, one of the reasons for the cancellation was “a junior staffer’s objection to the title of Mailer’s 1957 essay, The White Negro”.
Literary Hub

Who will play Norman Mailer in this new true crime series?

Yesterday, Deadline announced that Legendary Television is developing a true crime drama series based on perhaps the most infamous literary true crime story of the 20th century: Norman Mailer’s (ultimately disastrous) relationship with forger-turned-murderer-turned-writer-turned-murderer-again, Jack Henry Abbott. As well as co-producing, Boyd Holbrook (Narcos, Gone Girl, etc) will play Abbott,...

Boyd Holbrook to star in true-crime drama Executioner, playing killer Jack Henry Abbott who befriends novelist Norman Mailer

The Narcos star will play the convicted murderer Abbott in the Legendary Television drama series created by Warrior writer Anthony Tambakis. "Set in 1981, the series follows one of the most scandalous events in New York City history, when Mailer helped get Abbott paroled from prison, leading to Abbott killing again, a nationwide manhunt, and the trial of the century in New York," according to Deadline. "Abbott, who was serving time in prison for forgery when he stabbed another inmate to death, wrote to Mailer, who was writing about convicted killer Gary Gilmore, alleging that Gilmore was embellishing his experiences in prison. Mailer helped Abbott write In the Belly of the Beast, about life in the prison system. The Executioner’s Song author subsequently endorsed Abbott’s attempts to gain parole. He was released in June 1981 and the next month, he killed a waiter in a restaurant in New York."