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1963

On March 10, he is introduced to actress Beverly Bentley by his boxing friend Roger Donoghue at P.J. Clarke’s restaurant in New York. He marries her on 29 December in his Brooklyn apartment, after divorcing Jeanne Campbell in Juarez, Mexico on 16 December. His second miscellany, The Presidential Papers, ostensibly advice for President Kennedy, is […]

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Letters to Myrick Land. In “Mr. Norman Mailer Challenges All the Talent in the Room,” The Fine Art of Literary Mayhem: A Lively Account of Famous Writers and Their Feuds, by Myrick Land, 216-38. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston. Chapter recapitulating “Quick and Expensive Comments on the Talent in the Room” (59.10), followed by […]

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“The Last Night.” Esquire, December, 151, 274-80. Story. The concluding piece in Cannibals and Christians (66.11), Mailer’s nuclear fantasy was reworked into an unpublished screenplay by Mailer and his wife Norris Church. He once planned to call in “1999,”) but decided against it feeling comparisons with Orwell’s 1984 would be invidious. Rpt: 67.11, 82.19, 84.35.

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“The Fate of the Union: Kennedy and After.” New York Review of Books, 26 December, 6. Symposium contribution. This 175-word tribute is echoed, in part, by Mailer’s “Special Preface to Bantam Edition” of The Presidential Papers, May 1964 (64.15). Rpt: A Tribute to John F. Kennedy, edited by Pierre Salinger and Sander Vanocur. Chicago: Encyclopedia […]

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“Author Traces Kennedy Impact.” Article by Richard Woodley. Middletown (Conn.) Press, 12 December, 1, 20. Account of Mailer’s talk at Wesleyan University in the wake of the assassination of the President. Mailer said that when Kennedy, who he felt was a sort of older brother, was alive, “you had the feeling for the first time […]

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The Presidential Papers. New York: Putnam’s, 8 November. London: Deutsch, late April or early May 1964, with new preface (same as Bantam edition). Miscellany, 310 pp. Republished with “Special Preface” by Mailer. New York: Bantam, May 1964 (64.15); republished with new preface by Mailer. New York: Berkley, October 1976 (76.13). Dedication: “This book is dedicated […]

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“The Mary McCarthy Case.” New York Review of Books, 17 October, 1-3. Review of The Group, by Mary McCarthy. Perhaps Mailer’s finest book review. Rpt: As “The Case Against McCarthy” in 66.11.

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“The Leading Man, or the Dark Ambiguities within Us All.” Book Week (New York Herald Tribune), 29 September, 1, 16- 17. Review of J.F.K.: The Man and the Myth, by Victor Lasky. Rpt: 66.11, 68.11.

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“The Talent and the Torment.” Article-interview by Frederick Christian. Cosmopolitan, August, 63-67. Sketchy and sensationalized overview of Mailer’s personal and literary life; contains accounts of several meetings with Mailer during the period he lived in Connecticut, and a 1963 interview in which Mailer discusses his involvement with the Actors’ Studio in New York. A letter […]

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“Antidote.” No Author. Harper’s Bazaar, July, 74-75. Questionnaire seeking the negative opinions, or “anathemas of five noted Americans,” on 13 various artistic categories and activities: play, book, painter, food, film, musical work, celebrity, activity, virtue, place, mental attitude, type of humor and “Antidote in a category of my own.” Participating are Theodore Roethke, Mailer, Marianne […]

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