The Private Thoughts of a Public Man

The Ambitions and Insecurities of Literary Giant Norman Mailer

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Getting (Too) Close to Your Subject

. . . But the rest of the session raised some serious issues about keeping the proper distance with a subject who was a part of your life, as J. Michael Lennon dealt with before starting a biography of Norman Mailer. Lennon knew the writer for decades and became friendly with his children. He was […]

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Catalog Description of Norman Mailer: A Double Life

Norman Mailer was the most famous writer of his generation. Norman Mailer: A Double Life reflects Mailer’s dual identities: journalist and activist, devoted family man and notorious philanderer, intellectual and fighter, writer and public figure.

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The Inner Life

Mike explains the importance of showing the “inner life” in biographies. From an appearance in 2011.

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Norman Mailer Biography Coming Soon

An authorized biography of Norman Mailer has been acquired by Simon & Schuster, it was announced today. The book is being written by J. Michael Lennon, a longtime friend of Mailer’s and a professor at Wilkes University.

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