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JML and Colum McCann

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JML and Colum McCann at the 92nd Street “Y” in NYC

The 10 Best Norman Mailer Books

There has been debate on whether Mailer’s greatest achievements are in fiction or nonfiction, but it is clear that he was ambidextrous, so to speak, excelling in both. I lean slightly toward his nonfiction in my picks.

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Mike and Barbara Wasserman. Photo by Donna Pedro Lennon.

Mike and Robert Lucid

Mike and Robert Lucid, NMS Conference 2005. Photo by Mark James.

Mike and Robert Lucid, NMS Conference 2005. Photo by Mark James.

A Conversation with Mike

Mike Says “Happy Oktoberfest”

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Mike and Joseph Lennon

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From Mike

Dear Friends,

Today I received the first copy of Norman Mailer: A Double Life, which gave me a clear and present thrill. The bio came in at 947 pages—763 of text, the rest are devoted to notes, bibliography, index, and acknowledgements. The photos, 53 of them, are clear and well-presented. Most of them have not been seen before.

It will be in bookstores on October 15, and I am told that reviews of it should begin appearing around that time. Amazon has just reduced the price of the book to $24; the e-book version is $19.99.

Simon & Schuster publicity chief, Maureen Cole, just sent me the attached information sheet on the bio, and a brief Q and A. If you would like to review the book, or have questions about readings and appearances, she can be contacted at [email protected]com. Her telephone number is 212-698-7183.

Thanks to all of you who helped me on this project over the past seven years, and earlier. There is always a posse of supporters riding with biographers to round up the information needed for their books, and I am fortunate to have so many thoughtful friends and colleagues helping out.

Gratefully,
Mike

p.s. Information on appearances will be regularly updated.

Mike at Villanova

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Mailer’s Biographer Begins Lecture Series

On Tuesday, Sept. 17, Norman Mailer’s official biographer, J. Michael Lennon commenced the first in a series of lectures as a part of the hybrid Irish and Africana cultural studies program. J.M. Lennon is an emeritus professor of English at Wilkes University, as well as the father of University professor Joseph Lennon, who is also the head of the Irish Studies program.

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