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1955

On March 4, he makes last entry in “Lipton’s.” 11 April, Peter born to Mailer’s sister, Barbara, then married to Larry Alson. The Deer Park is published on 14 October, and on 13 November climbs to number six on the New York Times bestseller list. With Edwin Fancher and Daniel Wolf, Mailer founds The Village […]

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55.8

“Mailer, Norman.” In Twentieth Century Authors: First Supplement, edited by Stanley J. Kunitz, 628-29. New York: H.W. Wilson. Autobiographical entry. Mailer makes a number of memorable statements in this sketch, which he wrote in December 1952, including his statement that “the peculiar juxtaposition of a Brooklyn culture and a Harvard culture have had the most […]

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55.7

Letter to Herman Kogan, Book Review Editor, Chicago Sun-Times, 18 December. Complaint about comments in reviews of The Deer Park (55.4) that Mailer had “‘cleaned up’ the book to satisfy the demands of G.P. Putnam’s, my publisher.” He explains that the book was not bowdlerized and is actually 50 pages longer than the Rinehart version. […]

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55.6

“An Intimate Interview with Norman Mailer.” By Lyle Stuart. Exposé, no. 49 (December), 1, 4. Written answers to 69 submitted questions. Mailer also comments on organized religion, Marilyn Monroe, Sigmund Freud, Feodor Dostoyevsky, Ernest Hemingway and William Faulkner. He ends by stating that the role of the artist “is to be as disturbing, as adventurous, […]

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55.5

“All over America The Deer Park is Getting Nothing but Raves.” Village Voice, 16 November, 8. Paid advertisement composed by Mailer consisting of negative appraisals from 16 reviewers. Mailer used this technique many times before and after 55.4, for example, 73.45. Rpt. 59.13, 59.14, 76.14.

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55.4

The Deer Park. New York: Putnam’s, 14 October; London: Wingate, 1957. Novel, 375 pp., $4. Republished with preface by Mailer and “Fourth Advertisement for Myself: The Last Draft of The Deer Park” from Advertisements for Myself (59.13). New York: Berkley, November 1976 (76.14). Dedication: “To Adele, my wife and to Daniel Wolf my friend.” Discarded […]

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55.3

“Two Ex-GI’s Write Revenge on Army.” Article-interview by W.G. Rogers. Battle Creek (Mich.) Enquirer-News, 5 September. Mailer and Army friend Francis I. “Fig” Gwaltney comment briefly on the Army and writing. For more on Gwaltney, see 13.2, passim.

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55.2

“What I Think of Artistic Freedom.” Dissent 2 (spring), 98, 192-93. Essay. Mailer’s accompanying note says this essay, dated February, was written for “those German Stalinists whose faith might be fluttering.” He further states that “Bert Brecht might answer it in the West Berlin periodical Der Monat,” in which case Mailer’s essay would be reprinted […]

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55.1

“The Homosexual Villain.” One: The Homosexual Magazine, January, 8-12. Essay. In 61.3, Mailer acknowledges his past homophobia and says this piece “was the bravest thing I ever did, because it was done out of a dim, dull sense of duty.” Rpt: 59.13, 13.1, 14.3.

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