An American Dream Background

An American Dream Background

An American Dream is a novel by Norman Mailer, first serialized in the magazine Esquire in 1965. The serialized method was previously used by famous authors such as Charles Dickens. Mailer wrote the novel based on a monthly deadline, with each chapter being authored within a specific timeframe.

The inspiration for the novel came from Mailer's own experiences, including his divorce from his third wife Jeanne Campbell and subsequent marriage to Beverly Bentley. The protagonist and narrator of the story, Stephen Rojack, share similarities with the author, both having attended Harvard, fought in World War II, and been involved in politics and talk shows.

The novel covers 32 hours in Rojack's life, during which he separates from his wealthy wife, develops schizophrenic tendencies, and murders her. The book was adapted into a film in 1966, but it failed at the box office and received mixed reviews. Despite this, the novel remains an important work in American literature, exploring contemporary themes of freedom and personal identity through Mailer's unique experimental approach to storytelling.

Since its publication, An American Dream has had a lasting impact on American literature and culture. Its themes have been further explored in various media, and its style has influenced later authors. The novel is still studied in universities and colleges worldwide, and it continues to inspire new generations of writers.

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