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Barbary Shore. New York: Rinehart, 24 May; London: Cape, 21 January 1952. Novel, 312 pp., $3.

The 1971 Cape hardcover edition and the 1973 softcover Panther edition (a Cape imprint) contains a “Note from the Author,” which consists of “Second Advertisement for Myself: Barbary Shore” (minus final sentence, with one other small change) from 59.13. Dedication: “To w:Jean Malaquais.” A dramatic version was presented at the New York Shakespeare Festival Public Theater, 10-27 January 1974. Jack Gelber wrote and directed the adaptation, which has never been published. Rpt: 59.13 (eight brief excerpts from novel, nine pp. total); 98.7 (partial). See 03.7, 23–26 and 13.2, 122–135.



  • Howe, Irving (June 16, 1951). "Some Political Novels". Nation. pp. 568–569. Negative.
  • Gissen, Max (May 28, 1951). "Last of the Leftists?". Time. p. 110. Negative. Gissen called the novel "paceless, tasteless and graceless", which Mailer never forgot.
  • Rolo, Charles (June 1951). "A House in Brooklyn". Atlantic. p. 82. Mixed.
  • Swados, Harvey (June 18, 1951). "Fiction Parade". New Republic. pp. 106–109. Mixed.
  • West, Anthony (June 9, 1951). "East Meets West, Author Meets Allegory". New Yorker. pp. 106–109. Negative. Rpt: (partial) 59.13.


  • Anshen, David (2012). "The Prescience of Mailer's Marxism: Socialism or Barbary Shore". Mailer Review. 6: 246–266.
  • Foster, Richard (1968). "The Early Novels". In Foster, Richard Jackson. Norman Mailer. University of Minnesota Pamphlets on American Writers. 73. University of Minnesota Press. p. 13–19. ISBN 9781452910970.
  • Leigh, Nigel (1990). "Marxisms on Trial: Barbary Shore". Radical Fictions and the Novels of Norman Mailer. New York: St. Martin's Press. pp. 33–41. ISBN 0312034644.
  • Podhoretz, Norman (1963). "Introduction". Barbary Shore. New York: The Universal Library. pp. vii–xviii.
  • Stark, John (1971). "Barbary Shore: the Basis of Mailer's Best Work". Modern Fiction Studies. 17 (autumn): 403–408.
  • Wenke, Joe (2013). "Barbary Shore: Bureaucracy and Nightmare". Mailer's America. Stamford, CT: Trans Űber. pp. 39–46. ISBN 0874513936.