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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Michael Hasting’s Interview with Mike

Dr. J. Michael Lennon is the man who helped Mailer put “The Spooky Art” together. Lennon, an author and professor at Wilkes University, also collaborated on Mailer’s last book, “On God: An Uncommon Conversation.” Since Mailer’s death in Nov. 2007, Lennon has been at work on the only authorized biography of Mailer’s life, a 300,000 word volume that will be published by Simon&Schuster. At the same time, he’s played a major role in establishing The Norman Mailer Writers Colony in Provincetown, MA.

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Mike on the Round Table

Joe Donahue interviews Mike on the Round Table.

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Mike on ArtScene, Part 2

Wilkes University Creative Writing Program Co-Founder J. Michael Lennon on his new biography, “Norman Mailer: A Double Life.” This is part 2 of a two part interview.

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Mike on ArtScene

Wilkes University Creative Writing Program Co-Founder J. Michael Lennon on his new biography, “Norman Mailer: A Double Life.” This is part 1 of a two part interview.

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Mike on Art Beat

The private thoughts of a public man: the ambitions and insecurities of literary giant Norman Mailer.

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Former Sangamon State instructor is famed writer Mailer’s authorized biographer

J. Michael Lennon said he had two reactions when he was tabbed to write the authorized biography of Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Norman Mailer. . .

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Biography emerged from decades of conversations

The research and writing “were up to the last minute” –seven years. Four years prior to that reading the letters, a collection of which Lennon hopes to edit and publish next. “There were over 50,000 written to over 4,000 people,” he said.

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Mike on The Cycle

J. Michael Lennon talks with The Cycle hosts about how Norman Mailer changed American literature. [Mike apologizes for saying that Mailer was an only child. What he meant was that Mailer was the only male child.]

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Murder, Sex, and the Writing Life: Norman Mailer’s Biography

How do you tell the story of one of the 20th century’s larger-than-life literary figures? Norman Mailer’s latest biographer J. Michael Lennon talks literary reputation, omens, women, and the never written.

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