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The Works of Norman Mailer

Thomas Cooper Library (Lobby)
Sep 15, 2007 - Oct 31, 2007
This exhibition highlights some of the major works of Norman Mailer housed in the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections in Thomas Cooper Library, which has a substantial Mailer collection. Beginning with his first book, The Naked and the Dead, the first major novel of the Second World War, Mailer has continuously explored the contentious nuances of life and love, violence, celebrity, and power in his many works of fiction, nonfiction, and the “nonfiction novel.” In addition to his seven-decade writing career, Mailer has written and directed films, run for public office, and been a mainstay of American cultural and intellectual life for the past sixty years. Additional information about these books, as well as a complete listing of the Department's extensive Mailer holdings, can be found by searching the library catalog, limiting to “Columbia Cooper Rare Books." Highlights of the exhibition include: multiple signed and inscribed copies of Mailer's works; a first edition of The Naked and the Dead donated by Dr. Joel Myerson; a letter written by Mailer in 1970 to high school student (and current USC librarian) Joseph Pukl, the gift of Joseph Pukl; and pieces of correspondence between Mailer and American author Henry Miller.