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1951

Having been introduced to Adele Morales (by Daniel Wolf, a close friend) during a visit to New York City, Mailer separates from Bea in the winter, and begins living with Adele in New York, first at 85 Monroe Street (March through June), then in a sub-let at 409 East 64th Street (through mid-July), and finally at 14 Pitt Street (September 1951 to June 1952).

He also makes a quick trip to Palm Springs, CA (the setting for The Deer Park) and Hollywood with Mickey Knox in June, and spends July and August in Provincetown.

Bea and Susan move to Mexico.

Barbary Shore is published on 24 May and receives nearly all negative reviews, including one in Time by Max Gissen, who labels the novel “paceless, tasteless and graceless,” a line Mailer never forgets. The novel does make the best seller list for three weeks, however.

Meets William Styron, and they become friends.

Shortly after Barbary Shore is published, Mailer is introduced to James Jones by Vance Bourjaily, and they become friends immediately.

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