Norman Mailer speaks out on the literary greats

Published: March 7, 2003
Updated: March 7, 2003

Writer and boxing aficionado, Norman Mailer, has a few short words to say on recent literary greats….

Name any great novel that didn’t weary you first time through. A great novel has a consciousness that is new to us. We have to become imbued with this new consciousness before we can enjoy the work. I’ve been bored in part by Moby-Dick, The Red and the Black, Anna Karenina, The Scarlet Letter, Remembrance of Things Past, Ulysses, The Magic Mountain. Hell, even The Sun Also Rises. Of course, I was a Freshman then.

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