Norman Mailer: Barbary Shore

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Michael Lovett, war veteran, tyro novelist and the narrator of this novel, holes up in an obscure rooming house in Brooklyn Heights to write his book. Seeking anonymity, he nonetheless becomes involved with the other residents: Beverley Guinevere, landlady and former burlesque queen, Lannie Madison, a waifish singleton, Leroy Hollingsworth, a mysterious Midwesterner notionally involved in the stock market and, pivotally, William McLeod, intellectual artisan with a Stalinist past, a murky present and a loquacious tendency toward America’s post-war prospects. Lovett’s gradual awareness of these characters’ personal histories coincides with their rather seedy ambitions of fulfilment, culminating in Hollingsworth’s …

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MacDonald, James. "Barbary Shore". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 November 2007
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