“La Petite Bourgeoise.” Mailer Review, 10-16. Previously unpublished short story written circa 1951. Preceded by a facsimile of the original manuscript from the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas-Austin.
“Love-Buds.” Mailer Review, 10-22. Previously unpublished short story written in Mailer’s senior year in college, 1942-43. Preceded by a facsimile of the original manuscript from the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin.
Norman Mailer: A Double Life. By J. Michael Lennon. New York: Simon and Schuster, 15 October. 947 pp., $40. Dedication: “To my wife, Donna Pedro Lennon, and Barbara Mailer Wasserman, with love and gratitude. And to the memory of Robert F. Lucid.” Authorized biography, with extensive quotations from Mailer’s unpublished letters, interviews with him, and with 85 others—his family, friends, and literary associates.
The Mind of an Outlaw: Selected Essays of Norman Mailer. Edited by Phillip Sipiora. Introduction by Jonathan Lethem. New York: Random House, 15 October. 625 pp., $40. No dedication. Forty-nine of the most important Mailer essays, 1948-2006, including one previously unpublished: “Freud,” a four-page reflection from the mid-1950s. The only comprehensive collection of Mailer’s essays.
“The Blood of the Blunt.” Mailer Review, 9-27. Previously unpublished short story, circa 1951. Preceded by a facsimile of the original manuscript from the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin.
“Please Do Not Understand Me Too Quickly.” Interview by Michael Lee. In Winter Tales: Men Write about Aging, edited by Duff Brenna and Thomas E. Kennedy. Florham Park, NJ: Serving House Books, 15-37.
Norman Mailer/Bert Stern/Marilyn Monroe. Conceived by Lawrence Schiller. Photographs by Bert Stern. Text edited by J. Michael Lennon. Los Angeles: Taschen, 12 December. 275 pp., oversize, $69.99. An abridged version of Marilyn: A Biography (73.30). Approximately 50 passages totaling 20,000 words were trimmed from the original text.
“Norman Mailer’s Eclectic Life, as Seen Through His Last Home.” Article-interview by Joseph Berger. New York Times, 2 May. A portrait of Mailer’s Brooklyn Heights apartment, with his son Michael giving a guided tour.
Mailer’s words are recalled by Michael. He said to him in his later years: “I could not have been the writer I am today and been more of a father to you.” Michael answered, “I’d take quality over quantity any day.”