Lewis Jones

‘A little bit of rape is good for a man’s soul’: the outrageous life of Norman Mailer

J. Michael Lennon's biography does his his old friend proud - without always making him sympathetic

Norman Mailer and Patricia Kennedy Lawford Photo: WireImage

Heroically brave and mad, prodigious in his industry and appetites, Norman Mailer was an altogether excessive figure. Since his death in 2007 there have been several biographies, but this is the big one — big enough to accommodate a triple or quadruple life, let alone a double. It is also the official one, written at Mailer’s request by J.

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