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1948

On 6 May The Naked and the Dead is published. It tops the New York Times best seller list for 11 straight weeks during the spring and summer, and remains on the list for a total of 61 weeks, including 19 in the top position and 43 in the top five. The novel is nominated […]

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48.13

“Books I Have Liked.” Preference poll of 40 well-known writers concerning their recent reading. New York Herald Tribune Weekly Book Review, 5 December. Mailer lists three books: The Castle by Franz Kafka; Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser; and Howards End by E.M. Forster. Seven of the 40 polled—Bartley Crum, James Hilton, Richard Lauterbach, Sinclair Lewis, […]

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48.12

“Rugged Times.” Article-interview [by Lillian Ross]. New Yorker, 23 October, 25. Mailer discusses the Wallace campaign, and 48.2, which he says “offers a good deal of hope.” According to Mailer, “propositions” should be “proportions” in penultimate sentence. Contains comment on 48.2 repeated from 48.8. The interview marked the beginning of Mailer’s lifelong friendship with Lillian […]

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48.11

“A Credo for the Living.” National Guardian, 18 October. Article dealing with postwar Europe, anti-Russian hysteria in the U.S., and the 1948 Henry Wallace campaign. See 48.9, 74.20. See Cedric Belfrage and James Aronson, Something to Guard: The Stormy Life of the National Guardian. New York: Columbia University Press, 1978. Rpt: 13.1.

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48.10

“Political Freedom for Teachers Urged.” Article by unidentified writer. New York Times, 11 October, 25. At a New York rally under the auspices of the National Council of the Arts, Sciences and Professions to hear appeals for the preservation of political freedom in education, Mailer, W.E.B. DuBois and Harlow Shapley were among the speakers. Mailer: […]

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48.9

“Do Professors Have Rights?” New York Post, 8 October, 5, 34. Article on Indiana professor who was dismissed for his association with 1948 presidential candidate Henry Wallace. Mailer campaigned for Wallace upon his return from France on 21 July. See 48.11, 74.20, MDL, 119-13.

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48.8

“Norman Mailer.” In Current Biography, edited by Anna Rothe, 408-10. New York: H.W. Wilson, October. Profile of Mailer; quotes from 48.3, 48.6, 48.7 and a Rinehart press release.

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48.7

“The Naked Are Fanatics and the Dead Don’t Care.” Article-interview by Louise Levitas. New York Star, 22 August, Sec. M, pp. 3-5. Shortly after returning from Europe, Mailer discusses how he used his Army experience for 48.2, and the “growing hysteria” about a war with Russia. Longest interview given by Mailer until 1955. Accompanied by […]

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48.6

“Wonder Boy Novelist.” Article-interview by Horace Sutton. Cue, 21 August, 17. Focuses on the success of 48.2. See 48.8. Norman Mailer . . .Wonder Boy Novelist Norman Mailer is five feet, eight and one half inches tall, weighs 140 pounds, is twenty-five years old and has $40,000. He ran up this bank account writing a book called […]

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48.5

“People Who Read and Write.” Article-interview by unidentified writer. New York Times Book Review, 15 August, 8. Mailer is quoted in this book chat piece on the success of 48.2.

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