WRITER: JENNY BURMAN
CONTACT: WINSTON BARCLAY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0073; fax (319) 384-0024
Norman Mailer will give reading May 8 at the University of Iowa
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Norman Mailer, boisterous elder statesman of American
letters, will read from his work at 8 p.m. Friday, May 8 in Buchanan Auditorium
of the Pappajohn Business Administration Building on the University of
Iowa campus. The reading, sponsored by the UI Writers' Workshop and Prairie
Lights Books, is free and open to the public.
In a widely chronicled career that began with the 1948 publication of
his first best-seller, "The Armies of the Night," which described
the 25-year-old author's experiences as a U.S. Army rifleman during World
War II, Mailer has written 30 books, all the while courting controversy
and winning acclaim.
He has won the Pulitzer Prize twice and the National Book Award. His
books include "The Naked and the Dead," "The Executioner's
Song," "Marilyn," "The Prisoner of Sex" and "Harlot's
Ghost." His most recent book is a novel, "The Gospel According
to the Son," told from the point of view of Jesus.
As master of the "non-fiction novel," Mailer has tackled weighty
subjects that later became emblems of their eras. He has written about
the Vietnam War, feminism, religion and American electoral politics. He
is a devout boxing enthusiast. His meticulously researched books often
blur the line between literary journalism and fiction, a paradox Mailer
encourages by describing himself as a character in many of his works.
Harold Bloom writes that Mailer is "a historian of the moral consciousness
of his era. (He is) the representative writer of his generation."
Mailer has been chronicler as well as an active participant in the culture
at large. He was co-founder of the Village Voice in 1955. In 1969 he ran
for mayor of New York City. He was president of American PEN from 1984
to 1986. He also has directed four feature-length films, including "Tough
Guys Don't Dance."