In The Spooky Art, Norman Mailer discusses with signature candor the rewards and trials of the writing life, and recommends the tools to navigate it. Addressing the reader in a conversational tone, he draws on the best of more than fifty years of his own criticism, advice, and detailed observations about the writer’s craft.
About the Author
Norman Mailer was born in 1923 and published his first book, The Naked and the Dead, in 1948. The Armies of the Night won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize in 1969; Mailer received another Pulitzer in 1980 for The Executioner’s Song. His most recent books, available from Random House, are Why Are We at War? and Modest Gifts. He lives in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and Brooklyn, New York.
Praise for The Spooky Art: Thoughts on Writing…
“[Mailer’s] observations about processes—structure, energy, meanings, deeper truths and superficial commercial realities of writing and writers, especially of the novel—are rich and often extraordinary.”
“Mailer is indispensable, an American treasure.”
—The Washington Post
“Plenty of sage counsel on living the writing life.”
—Raleigh News & Observer
“Aimed at young writers, assembled as a series of tutorials . . . a charming book.”
“[The Spooky Art] should nourish and inform—as well as entertain—
almost any serious reader of the novel.”