Interview with WAMC

No writer plunged more wholeheartedly into the chaotic energies of the 1960s than Norman Mailer, as he fearlessly revolutionized literary norms and genres to capture the political, social, and sexual explosions of an unsettled era.

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Why Norman Mailer Still Matters in 2018

“No one in the literary world told us more about what was going on in the 1960s politically, socially, and sexually than Mailer.”

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LOA’s Mailer

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Mailer’s Last Interview: On the Village Voice

The Times Literary Supplement (London) asked to post an excerpt from Norman Mailer’s last interview (September 2007) with yours truly to its website.

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Seymour Krim

DID YOU KNOW? The first preface, foreword or introduction to the work of another writer that Mailer wrote was for Seymour Krim’s 1961 collection of essays, Views of a Nearsighted Cannoneer (Excelsior Press). Krim, a Greenwich Village hipster who was sometimes described as a scaled-down version of Mailer, met Mailer in the early 1950s, and […]

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Being a writer means being able to do the work on a bad day.
Norman Mailer
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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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Happy Birthday, NM

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