Without access to the Mailer archive and to Mailer himself, this volume would have been impossible.
Since 1982, when it began taking shape during the editing of Pieces and Pontifications (82.16), Mailer has been consulted many times. His eye on the manuscript has been crucial; his generosity has been unstinting. His wife, Norris Church, has helped the project along in many ways and supplied items obtainable from no one else. The friendship and remarkable support of the Mailers has been essential from start to finish. Mailer’s sister, Barbara Wasserman, and his assistant, Judith McNally, have provided unique insights and encouragement. Wasserman, the chief guide to Mailer family history, collected and preserved the photographs in the archive-some of them gratefully reproduced as yearly illustrations. McNally, Mailer’s assistant since 1978, has had her finger on many of the items described and has filled in countless publication details. It was Robert F. Lucid, Mailer’s friend of 40 years and his authorized biographer, who-with the help and blessing of Mailer’s mother-first created the Mailer archive in the early 70s. We signed on as assistants in the early 80s. Lucid is the dean of Mailer scholar-critics. His checklist of Mailer’s work in his 1971 collection, Norman Mailer: The Man and His Work, is the place where all Mailer bibliographers must begin. He has been our principal advisor, and his enthusiasm and counsel have been crucial to the project throughout. Indeed, the unflagging and cheerful help of this “Mailer team” has been marvelous and kept us always on task.
Laura Adams’s Norman Mailer: A Comprehensive Bibliography, which appeared in 1974, was the first major Mailer bibliography, and as noted earlier, it has been indispensable to us in creating this volume, as it was to my earlier efforts noted in the secondary bibliography. But many new items have been discovered over the past quarter of a century, and Works and Days contains twice as many primary items for the period 1941 to 1974 as does Adams’s compilation. Equaling Adams’s volume in value is Thomas Fiske’s unpublished work, “A Collector’s Bibliography of Norman Mailer.” Fiske’s regular and thoughtful assistance on many perplexing matters has been invaluable. The Mailer Author Price Guide, no. 114.2 (1997) by Allen and Patricia Ahearn of Quill and Brush Books, which provides reliable information on first editions in English, has been an excellent resource. Finally, B.A. Sokoloff’s 1969 compilation, A Bibliography of Norman Mailer, has been useful, especially for early reviews of Mailer’s books.
Two other people, Peter Lennon and Gloria Taylor, have played major roles in the creation of Works and Days. Peter, my brother, and the “mayor” of Casterbridge Books in Chicago, has sent us more items than anyone else and advised us continuously on matters of form and substance. Gloria Taylor, now retired from the Illinois State Library in Springfield, performed a huge amount of research for the project throughout the 80s. Peter’s and Gloria’s bibliographic fingerprints are all over this book.
Besides Norman and Norris Mailer, Robert F. Lucid, Thomas Fiske, Barbara Wasserman and Peter Lennon, the following individuals have read and commented on the manuscript: Robert Begiebing, Judith Everson (several times), Barry Leeds, Jon Lindgren, Michael Millgate, the late Willie Morris, Nancy Potter and Larry Shiner. We have been saved from errors egregious and embarrassing by these careful editors and good friends. Our sons, James, Joseph and Stephen, have also contributed greatly and listened heroically.
I am extremely grateful for the awarding of a spring 1998 sabbatical, upon the recommendation of President Christopher N. Breiseth, by the Board of Trustees of Wilkes University. Breiseth’s friendship and understanding have been extraordinary and enabled us to make the final push to completion. Harold E. Cox, Director of the Wilkes University Press, has advised us on documentary editing and publication issues for seven years. His counsel and friendship have been similarly extraordinary.
Three libraries have been especially helpful: Illinois State Library, Springfield; Norris L. Brookens Library at University of Illinois, Springfield; and the Eugene S. Farley Library at Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Gloria Taylor was our chief contact at the Illinois State Library; at the University of illinois, Springfield (formerly Sangamon State University), we were greatly assisted by Brian Alley, Dick Kipp and Ned Wass; Jon Lindgren, Head Librarian at the Farley Library, has been an indefatigable and resourceful friend. We are most grateful for this professional advice and assistance.
Over the years many family members, friends and colleagues have sent us Mailer items they have stumbled on in flea markets and yard sales or clipped from periodicals. This loyal cadre has greatly augmented the number of items in Works and Days. Most of those on the following list have also discussed Mailer’s work with us often over the past quarter of a century. Thanks to Elizabeth Adams, Peter Alson, David Antoine, Kathryn Arruda, Kathleen Arruda, John Bowers, Larsen Bowker, Jane Breiseth, Christopher Busa, Linda and Tom Bushar, Pete Capelotti, Alex Casella, Eleanor Cook, James M. Cox, John Daly, Essy Davidowitz, Pattie and Stan Davies, Cullom Davis, Jeffrey Van Davis, Michael Devine, Patrick Dickson, Steve Dykema, Barbara Ferrara, Darin Fields, Laura Forting, Bill Furry, the late Mark Goldman, Jerry Goldstein, Samuel K. Gove, Thomas Hadzor, Patricia and Robert Beaman, Kevin Heisler, Norman Hinton, Beverly and Harry Hiscox, Marilyn Huff, Kaylie Jones, Nancy and Robert Jackson, Eugene Kennedy, Robert Klaus, Lawrence Kuhar, Edward Lempenin, Hugh Lennon, Helen Lennon, Mary Mitchell Lennon, Joanrte Lucid, Maureen Macedo, Warren Mason, Cliff and Ruth Melberger, the late Scott Meredith, D. F. “Joe” Mitchell, Philip Moreau, Cheryl Peck, Anthony and Mary Pedro, Susan and Wayne Penn, Diane Polachek, Jeff Postemak, James Rodechko, Kim and Richard Ross, Don Sackrider, Ray Schroeder, Barbara Probst Solomon, Tom Towers, Theresa Shypulefski, Charles Strozier, Khachig Tölölyan, Jack Scovil, Jack Van Der Slik, Rita Wolberg, Al Wasserman, John Whalen-Bridge, Sam Whitsitt and Andrew Wylie. Our deepest thanks go out to all those named and unnamed, remembered or, alas, forgotten, who have helped us build Norman Mailer: Works and Days over the past 18 years. Please continue to clip and send and counsel.