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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 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.


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

A Note of Thanks

Dear Friends,

The initial response to the website has given me a lift. I have gotten messages from former students, colleagues, friends and family, many of whom I have been out of touch with for  a good long time. For the last seven years, I have been in a kind of literary monastery, the kind where you can’t speak with anyone except on holy days. So getting messages on Facebook and the website from old pals and cousins and students has been a treat. Let me also thank those who pre-ordered the biography.  After the site was launched, the book’s rank on Amazon moved from 750,000th place to 60,000th, and then to 15,600th. All this six months before publication! I am grateful for your interest and encouragement.

Best Regards and many thanks,


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