Norman Mailer was an author of novels, creative nonfiction, and journalism. His best known works include The Naked and the Dead, Advertisements for Myself, and The Executioner's Song.
"Beneath a toilet water of punctilio and restraint...a deep smell came off Kelly, a hint of a big foul cat, carnal as the meat on a butcher's block, and something else, some whiff of the icy rot and iodine in a piece of marine nerve left to bleach on the sand. With it all was that congregated odor of the wealthy, a mood within the nose of face powder, of perfumes which leave the turpentine of a witch's curse, the taste of pennies in the mouth, a whiff of the tomb. It was all of Deborah for me."
– Norman Mailer, An American Dream
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