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Chapter 11 - Marxism and Malaquais

from Part III - Political Contexts

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  05 August 2021

Maggie McKinley
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Harper College
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One of the individuals Mailer most frequently cited as an influence was writer and Marxist intellectual Jean Malaquais, who he met just after publishing The Naked and the Dead. Malaquais’ influence is perhaps most evident in Mailer’s second novel, Barbary Shore (which, somewhat ironically, Malaquais himself did not care for). As the years went on, Malaquais’ influence waned as Mailer’s own philosophies began to diverge from those of his mentor, though the two remained close, with the exception of a falling out in the 1990s. In fact, in his preface to Malaquais’ novel The Joker, Mailer also wrote that the author “had more influence upon my mind than anyone I ever knew.”

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Norman Mailer in Context , pp. 127 - 137
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2021

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