1961

On 9 March, pleads guilty to assault charges, and later that month he separates from Adele.

During that same month, meets Lady Jeanne Campbell at Gore Vidal’s New York apartment. On 13 November, receives a suspended sentence for felonious assault and is placed on probation for three years.

Lady Jean Campbell (1959)

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61.23

Foreword to Views of a Nearsighted Cannoneer, by Seymour Krim, 6. New York: Excelsior, softcover. Mailer’s first foreword, preface or introduction to a book by another writer. Rpt: New York: E.P. Dutton, 1968 (revised, expanded edition). Rpt: Project Mailer.

61.22a

Ernest Hemingway: The Life and Death of a Man. By Alfred G. Aronowitz and Peter Hamill. New York: Lancer Books. A compilation of comments assembled shortly after the suicide of Hemingway on 2 July 1961. Mailer is quoted on Papa’s legacy.

61-22a

61.22

“Norman Mailer in Austin.” Article-interview by Winston Bode. Texas Observer, 15 December, 1, 6. Account of Mailer’s visit to University of Texas interspersed with questions and answers concerning politics, civil rights and poetry. Rpt: 88.6.

61.21a

“The Spoken Word: Good Talkers.” Article by Michael Swain. Listener, 23 November. Comment on Mailer’s conversation with British writer Colin MacInnes about religion and existentialism, among other things, on a BBC program. Mailer said that in the war between God and the Devil, at times it would be preferable for the Devil to win a battle rather than there be no decision. He also said, “Churches are not religious. They are now for social religions . . . A mass media for propaganda.” The transcript for the program, a revealing document, is 23 pages long.

61.21

“Open Poem to John Fitzgerald Kennedy.” Village Voice, 23 November, 4. Rpt: Dissent 9 (winter 1962), 33-34; 63.37, 68.11.

61.20

“Mailer’s Sentence: Good Behavior.” Article by Judy Michaelson. New York Post, 13 November, 5. Report on suspended sentence received by Mailer for stabbing his wife Adele with a penknife on 20 November 1960. Asked to comment on the court’s action, Mailer said, “I feel singularly inarticulate today.” See 1960 entries.

61.18

“TV Violence? It’s a Sedative, Says Norman Mailer.” Interview by David Griffiths. TV Times (London), 3 November, 18. Consists of Mailer’s answers linked together in short paragraphs, without Griffiths’s questions. Mailer assails television for being too “sober” and “serious.”

61.17

“Young American Rebel: An Interview with Norman Mailer.” Article-interview by W.G. Smith. Books and Bookmen, November, 28. Another interview derived from Mailer’s press conference at the offices of his British publisher, André Deutsch, on the occasion of the British publication of Advertisements for Myself (59.13). Comment on British authors Kingsley Amis, Evelyn Waugh, Graham Greene and Joyce Cary, and American authors John O’Hara, James Gould Cozzens, Robert Penn Warren and Allen Drury; the American temper; and 59.13. See 61.16.