Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller was a German poet, physician and playwright. During the last seventeen years of his life, Schiller struck up a productive, if complicated, friendship with the famous and influential Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, they discussed issues concerning aesthetics, Schiller encouraged Goethe to finish works he left as sketches. This relationship and these discussions led to a period now referred to as Weimar Classicism, they worked together on Xenien, a collection of short satirical poems in which both Schiller and Goethe challenge opponents of their philosophical vision. Friedrich Schiller was born on 10 November 1759, in Marbach, Württemberg, as the only son of military doctor Johann Kaspar Schiller and Elisabeth Dorothea Kodweiß, they had five daughters, including Christophine, the eldest. Schiller grew up in a religious family and spent much of his youth studying the Bible, which would influence his writing for the theatre, his father was away in the Seven Years' War.
He was named after king Frederick the Great. Kaspar Schiller was home during the war, but he did manage to visit the family once in a while, his wife and children visited him wherever he happened to be stationed. When the war ended in 1763, Schiller's father became a recruiting officer and was stationed in Schwäbisch Gmünd; the family moved with him. Due to the high cost of living—especially the rent—the family moved to the nearby town of Lorch. Although the family was happy in Lorch, Schiller's father found his work unsatisfying, he sometimes took his son with him. In Lorch, Schiller received his primary education; the quality of the lessons was bad, Friedrich cut class with his older sister. Because his parents wanted Schiller to become a priest, they had the priest of the village instruct the boy in Latin and Greek. Father Moser was a good teacher, Schiller named the cleric in his first play Die Räuber after him; as a boy, Schiller was excited by the idea of becoming a cleric and put on black robes and pretended to preach.
In 1766, the family left Lorch for the Duke of Württemberg's principal residence. Schiller's father had not been paid for three years, the family had been living on their savings but could no longer afford to do so. So Kaspar Schiller took an assignment to the garrison in Ludwigsburg. There the boy Schiller came to the attention of Duke of Württemberg, he entered the Karlsschule Stuttgart, in 1773, where he studied medicine. During most of his short life, he suffered from illnesses. While at the Karlsschule, Schiller read Rousseau and Goethe and discussed Classical ideals with his classmates. At school, he wrote his first play, The Robbers, which dramatizes the conflict between two aristocratic brothers: the elder, Karl Moor, leads a group of rebellious students into the Bohemian forest where they become Robin Hood-like bandits, while Franz Moor, the younger brother, schemes to inherit his father's considerable estate; the play's critique of social corruption and its affirmation of proto-revolutionary republican ideals astounded its original audience.
Schiller became an overnight sensation. Schiller would be made an honorary member of the French Republic because of this play; the play was inspired by Leisewitz' earlier play Julius of Tarent, a favourite of the young Schiller. In 1780, he obtained a post as regimental doctor in a job he disliked. In order to attend the first performance of The Robbers in Mannheim, Schiller left his regiment without permission; as a result, he was arrested, sentenced to 14 days of imprisonment, forbidden by Karl Eugen from publishing any further works. He fled Stuttgart in 1782, going via Frankfurt, Mannheim and Dresden to Weimar. Along this journey he had an affair with an army officer's wife Charlotte von Kalb, she was at the centre of an intellectual circle, she was known for her cleverness and instability. Schiller needed help from his family and friends to extricate himself from his financial situation and attachment to a married woman. Schiller settled in Weimar in 1787. In 1789, he was appointed professor of History and Philosophy in Jena, where he wrote only historical works.
He was ennobled in 1802. On 22 February 1790, Schiller married Charlotte von Lengefeld. Two sons and two daughters were born between 1793 and 1804; the last living descendant of Schiller was a grandchild of Emilie, Baron Alexander von Gleichen-Rußwurm, who died at Baden-Baden, Germany, in 1947. Schiller returned with his family to Weimar from Jena in 1799. Goethe convinced him to return to playwriting, he and Goethe founded the Weimar Theater. Their collaboration helped lead to a renaissance of drama in Germany. For his achievements, Schiller was ennobled in 1802 by the Duke of Saxe-Weimar, adding the nobiliary particle "von" to his name, he remained in Weimar, Saxe-Weimar until his death at 45 from tuberculosis in 1805. The first authoritative biography of Schiller was by his sister-in-law Caroline von Wolzogen in 1830, Schillers Leben; the coffin containing what was purportedly Schiller's skeleton was brought in 1827 into the Weimarer Fürstengruft, the burial place of the house of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach in the Historical Cemetery of Weimar and
Assam Sahitya Sabha
The Assam Sahitya Sabha is a non Government, non profit, literary organisation of Assam. It was founded in December 1917 in Assam, India to promote the culture of Assam and Assamese literature. Presently it has about one thousand branches all over Assam and outside the state; the central office is at a city of historical importance. The branches and the district units have their offices in their respective places. Till 1826 AD. Assam was ruled by Ahom and Koch dynasties. In 1826, Assam came under the rule of the British, in the process it had become a part of the political map of India. Of course Assam was always an integral part of the cultural map of India. However, the history of modern Assam, modern Assamese language and literature and culture found their starting points in the early part of the 19th century. Since 1872 some efforts were made to build up some organisations to work for the development of Assamese language and culture of the modern period. Assam Sahitya Sabha was the final results of all those efforts.
In 1917 it came into being. The first conference was held in the month of December 1917 under the presidency of Padmanath Gohain Baruah, a big name in the history of modern Assamese literature. Sarat Chandra Goswami was the first secretary of the Sabha. Since the annual conference, nowadays biennial, is held with great pomp and grandeur, a writer of high reputation is elected to the presidency of the Society. Before formal formation of Asam Sahitya Sabha, Sahitya Kandari Padmanath Gohain Baruah had established Kohima Sahitya Sabha at kohima, Nagaland, in the month of December 1895. Padma Nath Gohain Baruah was Founder Secretary and a Bengali Gentlemen Mr. Nabin Chandra Bhattacherjee was the Founder President. There was an Office Building at the Heart of the Kohima Town, known as "LAL GHAR" due to painting with Red color.. Late Govinda Chandra Paira, Dhan Bahadur Sonar and Hari Prasad Gorkha Rai were the main product of Kohima Sahitya Sabha, who were Honored by awarding Literary Pension by the Assam Government.
The Kohima Sahitya Sabha is still alive. It has an own Bhawan at P. R. Hill, Opposite Nagaland Police Headquarters; the Bhawan was exchanged by the Nagaland Government with the earlier one, known as LAL GHAR and taken by the Nagaland Government in the year 1978. The conference of the Asam Sahitya Sabha helds biennially. First conference of Asam Sahitya Sabha was held at Assam, it become a big literary festival, unique in its character, attended by thousands of people. The writers of the state address the people. Except regular biennially seasons in 2000 and 2002 special session was held at Kalgachia. On 31 January 1–4 February 2013 at Biswaratna Dr. Bhupen Hazarika Samannay Khetra, Barpeta Road, an administrative circle of Barpeta District of Assam; the Sabha's 2015 session held at Nagaon. The current conference will be held in Padmanath Gohain Baruah Khetra, Rupahi-Jerenga Pathar, Sivasagar from 8 to 12 February 2017. Asam Sahitya Sabha Patrika is an official journal of the Asam Sahitya Sabha; the first issue was appeared in October 1927.
Chandradhar Barua was the founder editor of the journal. To make all round development of the Assamese language and the culture of the State. Publications of Dictionary, Research works, monographs on languages, culture and races etc. books on literary criticism, complete works of the great writers of Assam etc. To enquire and research on ancient literature of the State of Assam. To provide financial help to the deserving writers who cannot afford to publish their books and literature for financial stringency. To promote music and sculpture of the State. To bring out leaflets, pamphlets etc. in order to publicize the Assamese literature. To promote exchange plans and schemes between Literature and Culture. To do such work which helps in expanding development of Assamese Language and Culture; the first president of Asam Sahitya Sabha was Padmanath Gohain Baruah during the inaugural conference at Sibsagar in 1917. Sivasagar Zila Sahitya Sabha: Ramdhenu Asam Sahitya Sabha Patrika Shanti Sahitya Mandir, No-mati Shakha Sahitya Sabha List of Asam Sahitya Sabha Oxomiya Bhaxa Unnati Xadhini Xobha Asom Sahitya Sabha Presidents Category Assamese literature Maheswar Neog.
Annals of Asam Sahitya-Sabha, 1917-1975. Asam Sahitya-Sabha: sivasagar Zila Sahitya Sabha:. Official website Asom Sahitya Sabha, A contemporary analysis at timesofassam.com website. Video Clip of Chandra Kanta Handique Bhawan, Assam at ignca.nic.in
The Ancien Régime was the political and social system of the Kingdom of France from the Late Middle Ages until 1789, when hereditary monarchy and the feudal system of French nobility were abolished by the French Revolution. The Ancien Régime was ruled by Bourbon dynasties; the term is used to refer to the similar feudal systems of the time elsewhere in Europe. The administrative and social structures of the Ancien Régime were the result of years of state-building, legislative acts, internal conflicts, civil wars, but they remained and the Valois Dynasty's attempts at re-establishing control over the scattered political centres of the country were hindered by the Huguenot Wars. Much of the reigns of Henry IV and Louis XIII and the early years of Louis XIV were focused on administrative centralization. Despite, the notion of "absolute monarchy" and the efforts by the kings to create a centralized state, the Kingdom of France retained its irregularities: authority overlapped and nobles struggled to retain autonomy.
The need for centralization in this period was directly linked to the question of royal finances and the ability to wage war. The internal conflicts and dynastic crises of the 16th and 17th centuries and the territorial expansion of France in the 17th century demanded great sums which needed to be raised through taxes, such as the land tax and the tax on salt and by contributions of men and service from the nobility. One key to this centralization was the replacing of personal patronage systems organized around the king and other nobles by institutional systems around the state; the creation of intendants—representatives of royal power in the provinces—did much to undermine local control by regional nobles. The same was true of the greater reliance shown by the royal court on the noblesse de robe as judges and royal counselors; the creation of regional parlements had the same goal of facilitating the introduction of royal power into newly assimilated territories, but as the parlements gained in self-assurance, they began to be sources of disunity.
The term in French means "old regime" or "former regime". However, most English language books use the French term Ancien Régime; the term first appeared in print in English in 1794, was pejorative in nature. It conjured up a society so encrusted with anachronisms that only a shock of great violence could free the living organism within. Institutionally torpid, economically immobile, culturally atrophied and stratified, this'old regime' was incapable of self-modernization."More ancien régime refers to any political and social system having the principal features of the French Ancien Régime. Europe's other anciens régimes had diverse fates; the Nine Years' War was a major conflict between France and a European-wide coalition of Austria and the Holy Roman Empire, the Dutch Republic, Spain and Savoy. It was fought on the European continent and the surrounding seas, in Ireland, North America, India, it was the first global war. Louis XIV had emerged from the Franco-Dutch War in 1678 as the most powerful monarch in Europe, an absolute ruler who had won numerous military victories.
Using a combination of aggression and quasilegal means, Louis XIV set about extending his gains to stabilize and strengthen France's frontiers, culminating in the brief War of the Reunions. The resulting Truce of Ratisbon guaranteed France's new borders for 20 years, but Louis XIV's subsequent actions – notably his revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685 – led to the deterioration of his military and political dominance. Louis XIV's decision to cross the Rhine in September 1688 was designed to extend his influence and pressure the Holy Roman Empire into accepting his territorial and dynastic claims, but when Leopold I and the German princes resolved to resist, when the States General and William III brought the Dutch and the English into the war against France, the French King at last faced a powerful coalition aimed at curtailing his ambitions; the main fighting took place around France's borders, in the Spanish Netherlands, the Rhineland, Duchy of Savoy, Catalonia. The fighting favoured Louis XIV's armies, but by 1696, his country was in the grip of an economic crisis.
The Maritime Powers were financially exhausted, when Savoy defected from the alliance, all parties were keen for a negotiated settlement. By the terms of the Treaty of Ryswick, Louis XIV retained the whole of Alsace, but he was forced to return Lorraine to its ruler and give up any gains on the right bank of the Rhine. Louis XIV accepted William III as the rightful King of England, while the Dutch acquired their barrier fortress system in the Spanish Netherlands to help secure their own borders. However, with the ailing and childless Charles II of Spain approaching his end, a new conflict over the inheritance of the Spanish Empire would soon embroil Louis XIV and the Grand Alliance in a final war – the War of the Spanish Succession. Spain had a number of major assets, apart from its homeland itself, it controlled important territory in the New World. S
Bangiya Sahitya Parishad
Bangiya Sahitya Parishad is a literary society in Bengal. Established during the time of the Raj, its goal is to promote Bengali literature, both by translating works in other languages to Bengali and promoting the production of original Bengali literature; the organisation was founded by L. Leotard and Kshetrapal Chakraborty in 1893, it was known as'The Bengal Academy of Literature'. On 29 April 1894, the name of the society itself was changed to'Vangiya Sahitya Parishad'. 1894 saw the first officers, with Romesh Chunder Dutt as the first president and Rabindranath Tagore and Navinchandra Sen as vice presidents. That same year saw the first publication of the society's journal in English as most business of the society was, in Bengali. 1900 saw Satyendranath Tagore, made President. The society, which moved into its permanent home in 1909 expanded to over 30 branch offices, its notable members have included Debendra Prasad Ghosh, Romesh Chunder Dutt, Sajanikanta Das and Ramendra Sundar Tribedi
A salon is a gathering of people under the roof of an inspiring host, held to amuse one another and to refine the taste and increase the knowledge of the participants through conversation. These gatherings consciously followed Horace's definition of the aims of poetry, "either to please or to educate". Salons in the tradition of the French literary and philosophical movements of the 17th and 18th centuries were carried on until as as the 1940s in urban settings; the salon was an Italian invention of the 16th century, which flourished in France throughout the 17th and 18th centuries. The salon continued to flourish in Italy throughout the 19th century. In 16th-century Italy, some brilliant circles formed in the smaller courts which resembled salons galvanized by the presence of a beautiful and educated patroness such as Isabella d'Este or Elisabetta Gonzaga. One important place for the exchange of ideas was the salon; the word salon first appeared in France in 1664. Literary gatherings before this were referred to by using the name of the room in which they occurred, like cabinet, réduit and alcôve.
Before the end of the 17th century, these gatherings were held in the bedroom: a lady, reclining on her bed, would receive close friends who would sit on chairs or stools drawn around. This practice may be contrasted with the greater formalities of Louis XIV's petit lever, where all stood. Ruelle meaning "narrow street" or "lane", designates the space between a bed and the wall in a bedroom; the first renowned salon in France was the Hôtel de Rambouillet not far from the Palais du Louvre in Paris, which its hostess, Roman-born Catherine de Vivonne, marquise de Rambouillet, ran from 1607 until her death. She established the rules of etiquette of the salon which resembled the earlier codes of Italian chivalry; the history of the salon is far from straightforward. The salon has been studied in depth by a mixture of feminist, cultural and intellectual historians; each of these methodologies focuses on different aspects of the salon, thus have varying analyses of its importance in terms of French history and the Enlightenment as a whole Major historiographical debates focus on the relationship between the salons and the public sphere, as well as the role of women within the salons.
Breaking down the salons into historical periods is complicated due to the various historiographical debates that surround them. Most studies stretch from the early 16th century up until around the end of the 18th century. Goodman is typical in ending her study at the French Revolution where, she writes:'the literary public sphere was transformed into the political public'. Steven Kale is alone in his recent attempts to extend the period of the salon up until Revolution of 1848:A whole world of social arrangements and attitude supported the existence of French salons: an idle aristocracy, an ambitious middle class, an active intellectual life, the social density of a major urban center, sociable traditions, a certain aristocratic feminism; this world did not disappear in 1789. In the 1920s, Gertrude Stein's Saturday evening salons gained notoriety for including Pablo Picasso and other twentieth-century luminaries like Alice B. Toklas; the content and form of the salon to some extent defines the character and historical importance of the salon.
Contemporary literature about the salons is dominated by idealistic notions of politesse, civilité and honnêteté, but whether the salons lived up to these standards is matter of debate. Older texts on the salons tend to paint an idealistic picture of the salons, where reasoned debate takes precedence and salons are egalitarian spheres of polite conversation. Today, this view is considered an adequate analysis of the salon. Dena Goodman claims that rather than being leisure based or'schools of civilité' salons were instead at'the heart of the philosophic community' and thus integral to the process of Enlightenment. In short, Goodman argues, the 17th and 18th century saw the emergence of the academic, Enlightenment salons, which came out of the aristocratic'schools of civilité'. Politeness, argues Goodman, took second-place to academic discussion; the period in which salons were dominant has been labeled the'age of conversation'. The topics of conversation within the salons - that is, what was and was not'polite' to talk about - are thus vital when trying to determine the form of the salons.
The salonnières were expected, ideally, to moderate the conversation. There is, however, no universal agreement among historians as to what was and was not appropriate conversation. Marcel Proust'insisted that politics was scrupulously avoided'. Others suggested that little other than government was discussed; the disagreements that surround the content of discussion explain why the salon's relationship with the public sphere is so contested. Individuals and collections of individuals that have been of cultural significance overwhelmingly cite some form of engaged, explorative conversation held with an esteemed group of acquaintances as the source of inspiration for their contributions to culture, art and politics, leading some scholars to posit the salon's influence on the public sphere as being more widespread than pre
Joseph Victor von Scheffel
Joseph Victor von Scheffel was a German poet and novelist. He was born at Karlsruhe, his father, a retired major in the Baden army, was a civil engineer and member of the commission for regulating the course of the Rhine. Young Scheffel was educated at the lyceum at Karlsruhe and afterwards at the universities of Munich and Berlin. After passing the state examination for admission to the judicial service, he graduated Doctor juris and for four years held an official position at the town of Säckingen. Here he wrote his poem Der Trompeter von Säckingen, a romantic and humorous tale which gained extraordinary popularity, it has reached more than 250 editions and was made into an opera by Viktor Nessler in 1884. Scheffel next undertook a journey to Italy. Returning home in 1853 he found his parents more than anxious that he should continue his legal career, but in 1854, defective eyesight incapacitated him. His studies were, interrupted by eye disease, in search of health he proceeded to Switzerland and took up his abode on the Lake of Constance, elaborated the plan of his famous historical romance Ekkehard.
The first ideas for this work. It was hardly less popular than the Trompeter von Säckingen. In 1901 it reached the 179th edition. Scheffel next returned to Heidelberg, published Gaudeamus, Lieder aus dem Engeren und Weiteren, a collection of joyous and humorous songs, the subject- matter of, taken from German legends and from historical subjects. In these songs the author shows himself a friend of wine and song. One example is Im schwarzen Walfisch zu Askalon, the lyrics reflect an endorsement of the bacchanalian mayhem of student life; the song describes a'old assyrian' drinking binge with some references to the Classics. The large invoice is being provided in cuneiform on six brick stones; however the carouser has to admit that he left his money in Nineves' Lamb inn and gets kicked out. In typical manner of Scheffel, it contains an anachronistic mixture of various times and eras, parodistic notions on current science, as e.g. Historical criticism. There are various additional verses, including political parody and verses mocking different sorts of fraternities or one just and only one for mathematics.
The song has been used as name for e.g. in Heidelberg. Scheffel however had some melancholic notions as well, as for the unsuccessful German revolution of 1848 and his personal disappointment in vowing for the love of his live, Emma Heim, 1851 had him disappointed as well, he used natural science to mock the political environment, as he mocked Hegel with his Guano poem or referred to the course of time in his Ichthyosaurus poem. Indirectly, Scheffel coined the expression Biedermeier for the pre 1848 age, as two of Scheffel poems Biedermanns Abendgemütlichkeit and Bummelmaiers Klage, based on the poetry of teacher and poet Samuel Friedrich Sauter, published 1848, were used in satires about the reactionary petty bourgeois. For two years Scheffel was custodian of the library of Prince Egon von Fürstenberg at Donaueschingen, but giving up his appointment in 1850, visited Joseph von Laßberg, at Meersburg on the Lake of Constance, stayed for a while with the grand duke Charles Alexander of Saxe-Weimar at the Wartburg in Thuringia settling at Karlsruhe, he married in 1864 Caroline von Malzen, and, in 1872, retired to his Villa Seehalde near Radolfzell on the lower Lake of Constance.
On the occasion of his jubilee, celebrated all over Germany, he was granted a patent of hereditary nobility by the grand duke of Baden. He died at Karlsruhe on 9 April 1886. 1891 Joseph Stöckle founded the Scheffelbund in Schwetzingen, the largest literary society in Germany with about 7.000 members. The Scheffelprize is dedicated to excellent pupils. There are various Scheffel memorials and place names; the Scheffel Archive is at the Scheffelbund and in Badischen Landesbibliothek. His works, other than those mentioned, are: Frau Aventiure. Lieder aus Heinrich von Ofterdingens Zeit Juniperus, Geschichte eines Kreuzfahrers Bergpsalmen Waldeinsamkeit Der Heini von Steier Hugideo, eine alte Geschichte Volumes of Reisebilder. Scheffel's Gesammelte Werke have been published in six volumes. Ekkehard. A tale of the tenth century. Translated from the German by Sofie Delffs. In: German Authors. Collection of German Authors. Vol. 21, 22. 1867. Charles Godfrey Leland, Gaudeamus! Humorous Poems by Ebook-Nr. 35848 on gutenberg.org This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed..
"Scheffel, Joseph Viktor von". Encyclopædia Britannica. Cambridge University Press; this article in turn cites: A. Ruhemann: Joseph Victor von Scheffel G. Zernin: Erinnerungen an Joseph Victor von Scheffel J. Proelß: Scheffels Leben und Dichten L. von Kobell: Scheffel und seine Frau E. Boerschel: J. V. von Scheffel und Emma Heim. A
Norman Mailer Society
The Norman Mailer Society is a non-profit literary society dedicated to American author Norman Mailer. The Society promotes the legacy of its eponym by holding an annual meeting of scholars and enthusiasts, publishing The Mailer Review, Project Mailer, The NMS Podcast, awarding the Robert F. Lucid Award for the year's best scholarship, encouraging continued interest in his work through all forms of media. On July 11, 2002, J. Michael Lennon, Barry H. Leeds, John Whalen-Bridge met Norman Mailer in Provincetown, Massachusetts to discuss the creation of the organization and gain Mailer's approval. Mailer's biographer Robert Lucid could not attend, but he was one of the original quartet planning the Society. Having received Mailer's blessing, the Norman Mailer Society was founded in 2003. During the American Literature Association's conference in Cambridge on May 22, 2003, there was a planning meeting and interim officers elected for the Norman Mailer Society. On November 1, 2003, the Society had its inaugural meeting in Brooklyn prompted in part as a reaction to Mailer's being dropped from the sixth edition of The Norton Anthology of American Literature because "regular surveys of professors had shown declining use of Mr. Mailer's work".
Ron Rosenbaum, a New York Observer columnist, commented about the creation of the Society: "It's good to recognize people for their service while they're still around to appreciate it". Non-profit incorporation papers were filed in the State of New York, July 21, 2004, were approved on September 14, 2004; the Society was incorporated in Windham, Connecticut in 2008. At the 2017 conference, J. Michael Lennon and David Light stepped down as President and Treasurer respectively; the Board unanimously elected former-VP Maggie McKinley, chair of the English Department at Harper College, as President. Gerald Lucas became VP and Jason Mosser replaced Light as Treasurer. Members meet annually for paper presentations, panel discussions, film viewings, other activities centered around the life and work of Norman Mailer. In 2015, the Society reconvened in Provincetown, MA, for its annual conference, bringing together Society members, two of Mailer's daughters, a reading of Tough Guys Don't Dance, Mailer's 1984 novel about his adopted hometown.
In addition to an annual meeting, the Society undertakes the following activities: the maintaining of a website devoted to matters of interest to the membership, including a newsletter and bibliography updated semi-annually. Along with Provincetown and Brooklyn, conferences have been held in Washington, Wilkes-Barre, Long Branch and Macon. Norman and Norris hosted Society members at post-conference parties, in 2003 at their house in Brooklyn Heights, 2004 through 2007 at their Provincetown, MA residence. According to Lennon, the Mailers hosted keynote speakers at their house each year for lunch, including Neil Abercrombie and William Kennedy. At the 2006 conference in Provincetown, Mailer read from his new novel, The Castle in the Forest, at the Provincetown Arts Theatre to a packed house of conference attendees and the general public; the Society sponsored the 50th Anniversary March on the Pentagon that Mailer wrote about in his Pulitzer-Prize-winning book Armies of the Night. Organized by the Vietnam Peace Commemoration Committee, the events took place on October 24, 2017 in Washington D.
C. On May 23, 2018, the Society co-sponsored with the city of Long Branch the installation of a bronze memorial to Mailer and the Scarboro Hotel; the hotel was run and owned by the Mailer family until it burned down in 1941. Members of the Society and the local community attended the unveiling ceremony where the beachside hotel used to stand. During the fourth annual conference in Provincetown, the membership voted to establish the brainchild of Phillip Sipiora, The Mailer Review, co-sponsored by the University of South Florida and edited by Sipiora and co-edited by Gerald Lucas; the journal is published annually in the fall. In 2014 under the leadership of board member Gerald R. Lucas, the Society launched Project Mailer, a Digital Humanities initiative to "augment Mailer Studies for a digital age", their first publication was an open-access, digital version of Mike Lennon's Norman Mailer: Works and Days that's "meant to be read and used on the screen". Created and hosted by Society member Justin Bozung, The Norman Mailer Society Podcast had its premiere episode in February 2015.
The Podcast is released twice monthly and features rare audio, interviews and discussions about, as James Wolcott put it, the "wooly-bully exploits" of Norman Mailer. In spring 2018, the Society sponsored the publication of Library of America's two-volume boxed set Norman Mailer: the Sixties edited by J. Michael Lennon; the set includes Collected Essays of the 1960s. In 2003, the Society established The Robert F. Lucid Award for Mailer Studies in recognition of Lucid's long and distinguished career as a Mailer scholar; the Lucid Award is given annually based on the recommendation of a Society committee. The winner receives a plaque and a $250 honorarium, he or she is invited to speak at the conference. Recent winners include Maggie McKinley for Understanding Norman Mailer in 2018, Kevin Schultz for Buckley and Mailer: The Difficult Friendship that Shaped the Sixties in 2015, the Society's own president J. Michael Lennon for The Selected Letters of Norman Mailer in 2014, again for Norman Mailer: A Double Life in 2013.
Society membership is open to all. The Society consists of officers, an Executive Board, general members from diverse ba