1970

In January, testifies at the trial of the “Chicago Seven.”

On 18 April, is awarded Harvard University’s Signet Society Medal for Achievement in the Arts.

In early May, he serves a two-day sentence for his 1967 conviction for transgressing a police line at the Pentagon. Also in May, Managing Mailer, an account of the Mailer-Breslin campaign by Joe Flaherty, Mailer’s campaign manager, is published.

Norman Mailer (1970)

He summers in Maine with five of his children and Carol Stevens, the first of several August sojourns there.

In August, “Maidstone” is shown at the Venice Film Festival, and Mailer visits Ezra Pound, who later says he admires all of the poems in Deaths for the Ladies.

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70.15

“Norman Mailer.” Interview by Joseph Gelmis. In The Film Director as Superstar, by Joseph Gelmis, 42-63. New York: Doubleday. One of 16 interviews in this collection. Rpt: Cavalier, July 1970; excerpts from the interview appeared in Gelmis’s “Mailer Reviews a Chaotic Year,” Newsday, 10 January 1969, 39A; 88.6.

70.14

“Deborah—from An American Dream.” In This Is My Best: In the Third Quarter of the Century, edited by Whit Burnett, 99-110. New York: Doubleday, late September (?). The selection chosen—the murder of Deborah from chapter 1 of An American Dream (65.7)—is prefaced by a 313-word letter in which Mailer characterizes his novel as “a tea ceremony on the edge of a cliff,” and calls it “my best book.” Rpt: 14.3.

70.13a

Letter to the Editor. Women’s Wear Daily, 7 November. In response to Gore Vidal calling Mailer a misogynist who resembled “the deranged commander of an American Legion post,” Mailer pointed out that he had been married four times, and had six children, four of them daughters. Vidal was batting .000 in all three categories. Rpt: 14.3.

70.13

“Mailer, in London, Trades Jabs with Audience over New Film.” Article by John M. Lee. New York Times, 17 October, 21. Account of Mailer’s interaction with audience after a showing of his film, Maidstone (71.28), at Cinema City, London.

70.12

“Mailer at Venice with Film Aiming to Be Memorable.” Article by Associated Press writer. New York Times, 31 August, 21. Account of Mailer’s 30 August comments at Venice Film Festival where he hoped “to pick up the marbles” with his film, Maidstone (71.28). The film was first shown in Provincetown on 24 August.

70.11

“The Nonviolent Norman Mailer.” Article-interview by Myra MacPherson. Washington Post, 8 May, Sec. B, pp. 1, 2. Recounts Mailer’s final hours in prison serving a 30-day sentence (25 days suspended) for crossing a police line at the 22 October 1967 demonstration at the Pentagon, and a conversation in the offices of his lawyer, Phil Hirschkop. Mailer counsels the anti-war movement to be nonviolent, because “to be violent is to strengthen Nixon’s hand.” He characterizes Nixon’s fears of losing the war as “the babblings of a Chekovian character.” See 68.8, 70.870.10.

70.10

“Norman Mailer to Serve Sentence in Alexandria.” Article by Nancy Scannell. Washington Post, 6 May. Another report on Mailer beginning his sentence for crossing a police line at the Pentagon. Included is Mailer’s characterization of Nixon as Uriah Heep, “the veritable cathedral of hypocrisy.” See 68.8, 70.8, 70.9, 70.11.

70.9

“Mailer Calls Nixon a Dickens ‘Heep’ Creep.” Article by Betty Jones. Washington Daily News, 6 May. Repeats Mailer’s comments about Nixon and Uriah Heep from 70.8, and adds, “It is routine for anyone in the peace movement to spend time in prison. I am hardly one of the martyrs of the movement.” See 68.8, 70.10, 70.11.

70.8

“Mailer Starts Term in Jail, Labels Nixon ‘Uriah Heep.’” Article by unidentified writer. Evening Star (Washington, D.C.), 5 May. As he turns himself in to begin serving three days for his conviction for disorderly conduct at the Pentagon anti-war protest in October 1967, Mailer called President Nixon “the living embodiment of Uriah Heep,” and implicates him in the death of four students at Kent State University. See 68.8, 70.970.11.