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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Summer Update from Mike

This is a quick note to alert those who may be in the environs of two upcoming readings from Norman Mailer: A Double Life. The first event will be at The Mount, former home of Edith Wharton, in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, on August 4, 4-6 p.m. The reading is sold out, but there is a telecast […]

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Save the Date

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Provincetown on Memorial Day

    The Mailer grave on Memorial Day, by Stephen Borkowski. He writes: Memento Mori A long standing tradition in Provincetown is to place a flag on the graves of Veterans for Memorial Day.The large marker commemorating the fallen during the Civil War features the most prominent display with the square plot circled with flags […]

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Writer’s Series with Dawn Tripp

Westport author, Dawn Tripp, and Partners Village Store present the Writer’s Series. The event will be a dynamic, open and interactive discussion with the author about the writing process, the work of creating a story, and publishing. Books will be available for signing at the conclusion of the talk.

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Mike at the Darien Library

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Pulling No Punches

After he finished reading an earlier biography of himself, Norman Mailer told me, with a mixture of rue and triumph, “He missed the twinkle.” His new biographer, J. Michael Lennon, does not miss the twinkle or much else about the writer who swaggered across a half century of American life, writing novels, plays, poems, essays, journalism, even some theological speculation along with directing movies. Near the end Mailer stood, propped on two canes like a wounded mercenary who had fought behind the lines all his life, a writer/celebrity as drained by the daring and scope of his ambition to find the Northwest Passage to the origins of American mores as Theodore Roosevelt was when, scarred and fevered, he emerged from his post-presidential search for the source of the Amazon.

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Norman Mailer Center 2013 Program Video

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The Hindustan Times Reviews the Bio

A long-time friend etches the extraordinary and exhaustive life of the lion of American letters. Review by Shougat Dasgupta.

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J. Michael Lenon: A Masterful Biographer

When J. Michael Lennon, Emeritus Vice President for Academic Affairs and Emeritus Professor of English at Wilkes University in Pennsylvania, became Norman Mailer’s authorized biographer in 2006, he must have felt like a fighter preparing for the bout of his life. Yes, Lennon had known and worked with Mailer for decades. True, in addition to being chair of the editorial board of The Mailer Review, he had written or edited several books about and with Mailer. Sure, he was the past president of the Norman Mailer Society. But none of that diminished the task before him.

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