in Primary, Works

51.4

“The Defence of the Compass.” In The Western Defences, edited by Sir John George Smyth, 134-44. London: Wingate. Essay on the prospect of a military collision between the state capitalism of Russia and the monopoly capitalism of the U.S., “the Colossi.” This version strongly echoes the arguments of Barbary Shore (51.1) and was obviously written shortly before or after the novel appeared. Rpt: Mailer’s extended comments on the Korean War were cut out of the greatly revised version which appeared as “The Meaning of ‘Western Defense’” in Dissent (54.1); 59.13.