J. Michael Lennon, Norman Mailer’s archivist, editor and authorized biographer, teaches creative writing at Wilkes University, and is the founding president of the Norman Mailer Society.

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Remembering Norris

Excerpts from an Unpublished Account of Norman Mailer’s Last Days

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Publisher Relationships

DID YOU KNOW? Mailer’s books were published by several American publishers, but the most important were Rinehart (1948-54), Putnam’s (1955-67); New American Library (1968-72), Little, Brown (1971-83), and Random House, from 1984 until his death in 2007. Random House published eight of his books, and will publish his selected essays in fall 2013, and his […]

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Mailer and Irwin Shaw

Pictured here are Mailer, Helen Meyers of Delacorte Press and Irwin Shaw in New York, February 22, 1978 at a celebration honoring the publication of Whistle, a novel by James Jones who died the previous May. Mailer said that he had great respect for Jones and had learned something important about writing from him. Asked what, he said, “Distance.”

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The Hinge of Mailer’s Unwritten Trilogy: “The Last Night”

DID YOU KNOW? The last short story that Mailer wrote was “The Last Night,” published in the December 1963 Esquire. It is a sci-fi tale about the world ending after a devastating nuclear war. The president of the U. S. and the premier of the U. S. S. R. recognize that radioactive fallout has made […]

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Wilkes Graduate Creative Writing Program Marks 10th Anniversary

Since welcoming a first class of about a dozen students in 2005, the Wilkes University graduate creative writing program has seen over 100 books, 50 plays, 40 films and hundreds of poems and short stories published or produced by its faculty, students and alumni.

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Funke Interview with Mike

An interview with Erika Funke of WVIA-FM in Scranton, PA. It concerns Mike’s edition of Mailer’s letters.

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Mailer on Kennedy

Norman Mailer, the irascible, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and sometimes irreverent and controversial journalist, wrote on a wide range of topics with a one-of-a-kind style from the 1940s through the mid-2000s. [. . .] Included in this body of work is a famous 1960 essay published in Esquire magazine on the political emergence of John F. Kennedy (JFK).

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Mike and Superman

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Barry and Mike, 2003

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Put Everything In

A review from Barry H. Leeds from The Mailer Review Volume 7, 2013.

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