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(続)mailerって何ですか?

 
mailerをロングマン英和辞典で引いてみたら「ダイレクトメール」の意味が載っていました。アメリカ系のネイティヴ向け辞典でもそのような説明がありました。

(アメリカンヘリテージ)
mailer
4. An advertising leaflet included with a letter.


(ウェブスター)
mailer
something (such as an advertisement) that is sent by mail


mailerには「ダイレクトメール」の意味があるようですね。

ここからは少し脱線します。mailerを調べているときにノーマン・メイラーの見出語がありました。ロングマンとジーニアスは存命の方としています。

(ロングマン)
Mailer, Norman
(1923- ) a US writer and journalist, who writes about social and political subjects and criticizes US society. His novels often contain a lot of sex and violence, and many of them are based on real events. They include The Naked and the Dead, The American Dream, The Armies of the Night, and The Executioner's Song.


ロングマンの場合は、Longman Dictionary of English Language and Cultureを元データにしているかもしれません。そうなると2005年の3rd Revised edition Editionから新しいのは出ていないのでLongmanの百科事典情報はアップデートされていない可能性がありますね。。。。

ジーニアスの方は最新版が2014年ですから単なるチェックミスでしょう。。。

百科事典的情報はネットで裏取りした方がいいんでしょうね。

(Wikipedia)
Norman Kingsley Mailer (January 31, 1923 – November 10, 2007) was an American novelist, journalist, essayist, playwright, film-maker, actor, and political activist. His novel The Naked and the Dead was published in 1948. His best-known work was widely considered to be The Executioner's Song, which was published in 1979, and for which he won one of his two Pulitzer Prizes. In addition to the Pulitzer Prize, his book Armies of the Night was awarded the National Book Award.

Along with Truman Capote, Hunter S. Thompson and Tom Wolfe, Mailer is considered an innovator of creative nonfiction, a genre sometimes called New Journalism, which uses the style and devices of literary fiction in fact-based journalism.

Mailer was also known for his essays, the most renowned of which was "The White Negro." He was a cultural commentator and critic, expressing his views through his novels, journalism, essays and frequent media appearances.
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