Author Norman Mailer

Norman Mailer

hide captionNorman Mailer

AFP/Getty Images

Norman Mailer once wrote that before he was 17, he'd formed the desire to be a major writer. That wish certainly came true. One political campaign, two Pulitzer Prizes and an unprecedented level of controversy later, he's a literary grandee unlike any other.

Mailer's latest novel is Harlot's Ghost, a CIA epic that stretches to a sprawling 1,300 pages. And that's just the first volume. This interview originally aired on Oct. 8, 1991.

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.

Support comes from: