Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

An American Dream
Norman Mailer


As Stephen Rojack, a decorated war hero and former congressman who murders his wife in a fashionable New York City high-rise, runs amok through the city in which he was once a privileged citizen, Mailer peels away the layers of our social norms to reveal a world of pure appetite and relentless cruelty. One part Nietzsche, one part de Sade, and one part Charlie Parker, An American Dream grabs the reader by the throat and refuses to let go.

Paperback, 256pp
Penguin Books, 2018 (1965)
ISBN 9780241340516