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Feast of ExcessA Cultural History of the New Sensibility$
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George Cotkin

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190218478

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190218478.001.0001

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All About Me

All About Me

Norman Mailer 1960

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(p.129) { 9 } All About Me
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Feast of Excess
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George Cotkin

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190218478.003.0011

Norman Mailer was in the news in 1960, not simply because of his recently published and highly controversial book Advertisements for Myself, but because he had stabbed his wife almost to death. He beat the rap and his book became exemplary of the New Sensibility by breaking formal constraints in criticism. Mailer commented brilliantly—and excessively—about his own troubled state of mind. He also ranted about the conformity of American culture and rated other writers in terms of their potential to challenge him for capturing the consciousness of the moment. It was also a work of utter confessionalism, rough and true.

Keywords:   Norman Mailer, Advertisements for Myself

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