Cultural Writing. THE ENDURING VISION OF NORMAN MAILER is about one of America’s most respected, most controversial, and most prolific authors. This book is a critical study of Norman Mailer’s work, starting where the author’s previous book—THE STRUCTURED VISION OF NORMAN MAILER—ended. This book reveals a side of Mailer that only a friend and confidant would know, a side which Leeds has come to understand and appreciate. Leeds, a former Distinguished Professor of English at Central Connecticut State University, carefully and intelligently wove this personal Mailer into the Mailer persona and the Mailer art.
“Leeds’ ideas are engaging, his enthusiasm infectious, and his prose mercifully free of critical jargon. Recommended for contemporary literature collections” –William Gargan in Library Journal.
This is literary criticism with a heart and soul, and with an appreciation of subject, which is so often missed in contemporary analysis.
Dr. Barry H. Leeds, Distinguished Professor of English at Central Connecticut State University, is the author of two other books: THE STRUCTURED VISION OF NORMAN MAILER and KEN KESEY. He has taught at CCSU since 1968. Obituary for Barry H. Leeds
Drunkenboatblog.com: Remembering Dr. Barry H. Leeds (1940-2015)
Last month, on April 15, 2015, the distinguished professor and writer Barry Leeds passed away at the age of 74. Known for his biographies on Norman Mailer and Ken Kesey, Leeds provided significant insight into some of America’s most prolific minds of the mid 1900s.
Back in 2004, we published a series of audio recordings that took place between Leeds and Norman Mailer in 1987. In the wake of Leeds’s death these recordings become important artifacts of the post war generation and their effort to reflect back on American history as well as their personal lives.