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The Deer Park by Norman Mailer

The Deer Park by Norman Mailer

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The Deer Park
by Norman Mailer

New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons
First edition, third impression 1955

SIGNED by Mailer on half-title page. Mailer's third book.

Condition: Hardcover; no dust jacket, cover boards have minor rubbing to edges, light bumping to spine ends. Front-free endpage has two holes punched in it and has a soft diagonal crease. Otherwise interior is clean and unmarked. Binding is secure.

wiki: "The Deer Park is a Hollywood novel written by Norman Mailer and published in 1955 by G.P. Putnam's Sons after it was rejected by Mailer's publisher, Rinehart & Company, for obscenity. Despite having already typeset the book, Rinehart claimed that the manuscript's obscenity voided its contract with Mailer. Mailer retained his cousin, the attorney Charles Rembar, who became a noted defense attorney for publishers involved in censorship trials. / Rembar disagreed with Rinehart's characterization of the manuscript as obscene, and threatened to take the publisher to court. Rinehart settled with Mailer, allowing him to keep his advance. / A roman à clef, the metaphorical "Deer Park" is Desert D'Or, California (a fictionalized Palm Springs). A fashionable desert resort, Hollywood's elite converge there for fun and games and relaxation. The novel's protagonist, Sergius O'Shaughnessy (a recently discharged Air Force officer), is a would-be novelist who experiences the moral depravity of the Hollywood community first hand. / The title refers to the Parc-aux-Cerfs ("Deer Park"), a resort Louis XV of France kept stocked with young women for his personal pleasure."
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