Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

The Spooky Art: Thoughts on Writing
Norman Mailer


In The Spooky Art, 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.

Paperback, 352pp
Random House, 2004 (2003)
ISBN 9780812971286


Born in 1923 in Long Branch, New Jersey, and raised in Brooklyn, New York, NORMAN MAILER was one of the most influential writers of the second half of the twentieth century and a leading public intellectual for nearly sixty years. He is the author of more than thirty books. The Castle in the Forest, his last novel, was his eleventh New York Times bestseller. His first novel, The Naked and the Dead, has never gone out of print. His 1968 nonfiction narrative, The Armies of the Night, won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. He won a second Pulitzer for The Executioner’s Song and is the only person to have won Pulitzers in both fiction and nonfiction. Five of his books were nominated for National Book Awards, and he won a lifetime achievement award from the National Book Foundation in 2005. Mailer died in 2007 in New York City.