The Prisoner of Sex. Boston: Little, Brown, 27 May; London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, August. Essay, 240 pp., $5.95.
Only the first U.S. edition carries the price on the inside front dustwrapper flap. Dedication: “To Carol Stevens.” Nominated for the National Book Award in the arts and letters category. Contains Mailer’s most thoughtful literary criticism, an exploration of the writing of D.H. Lawrence. Rpt: Entire essay first appeared in Harper’s (71.10), and was revised for book publication; 98.7 (partial). See 68.11, 71.16–71.19, 71.23, 71.27, 77.14.
Since PW [prizewinner] could also stand for Prisoner of War (which he could amend to Prisoner of Wedlock, for he had never been able to live without a woman) he had another name for himself, the PW, Prisoner or Prizewinner? They were polar concepts to be regarded at opposite ends of his ego—so they provided a base for his reactions whenever that equivalent of a phallus, that ghost-phallus of the mentality, firm strong-tongued ego, had wandered into unfamiliar scenes. After a time he thought of himself as the Prisoner. (71.20)
Rpt: Partially in 98.7, 13.1.