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Ancient Evenings
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Ancient Evenings Hardcover - 1983

by Norman Mailer

About this book

Ancient Evenings is a novel by Norman Mailer. It deals with the lives of two protagonists, one young, one old, in a very alien ancient Egypt marked by journeys by the dead, reincarnation, and violent and hyper-sexual gods and mortals in a complex combination of historical fiction, allegory, poetic flight, confession and spiritual meditation. 

Crossing three millennia to Pharaonic Egypt, this tale returns to that land's essences - the war, magic, gods, death and reincarnations, the lusts, ambitions, jealousies, and betrayals, sadistically admiring all sorts of violence and atrocity, both in sarcasm and reality.

First Edition Identification

Little Brown and Company published a First US Edition, First Printing in Boston, 1932. 

Macmillan published a First UK Edition in London, 1983.


  • Title Ancient Evenings
  • Author Norman Mailer
  • Binding Hardcover
  • Edition First Edition
  • Pages 709
  • Volumes 1
  • Language ENG
  • Publisher Little Brown and Company, Boston
  • Date 1983
  • ISBN 9780316544108 / 0316544108
  • Weight 2.5 lbs (1.13 kg)
  • Library of Congress subjects Egypt - History - To 332 B.C - Fiction
  • Library of Congress Catalog Number 82022839
  • Dewey Decimal Code FIC

About the author

Born in 1923 in Long Branch, New Jersey, and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Norman Mailer was one of the most influential writers of the second half of the twentieth century and a leading public intellectual for nearly sixty years. He is the author of more than thirty books. The Castle in the Forest, his last novel, was his eleventh New York Times bestseller. His first novel, The Naked and the Dead, has never gone out of print. His 1968 nonfiction narrative, The Armies of the Night, won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. He won a second Pulitzer for The Executioner's Song and is the only person to have won Pulitzers in both fiction and nonfiction. Five of his books were nominated for National Book Awards, and he won a lifetime achievement award from the National Book Foundation in 2005. Mr. Mailer died in 2007 in New York City.