Norman Mailer

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