Preface to …Sting Like a Bee: The Muhammad Ali Story, by José Torres (with Bert Sugar), ix-xiv. Epilogue by Budd Schulberg. Sketches by LeRoy Neiman. New York: Abelard-Schuman, late August or early September. See 75.12. Rpt: Project Mailer.
“Portrait of a Man Reading.” Interview by Charles Monaghan. Book World (Washington Post), 11 July, 2. Summary of Mailer’s reading from boyhood to present, Edgar Rice Burroughs to Jimmy Breslin. Rpt: 88.6.
Letter to the editor. New York Times Book Review, 13 June, 2. Mailer takes issue with Brigid Brophy, who questioned his use of the word “rendered” in the phrase “politics rendered every pride” in her 23 May review of The Prisoner of Sex (71.20). Brophy concludes that it is a malapropism and that he meant to use “surrendered” or “rent.” Mailer correctly defines the word as “that process where fat heated upon a fire is returned to oil and clarified of its impurities.” Rpt: As “To the New York Times Book Review” in 72.7, 82.19, and in 14.3. In both reprintings an incorrect publication date in the Book Review of 20 June is given in the acknowledgments.
“Norman Mailer’s Side on ‘Harper’s.’” Letter to the editor. Saturday Review, 12 June, 56. Mailer corrects a number of errors in Stuart W. Little’s 10 April Saturday Review article about the resignation of Harper’s editor Willie Morris following the publication of “The Prisoner of Sex” (71.10). One of the errors concerns the amount that Life paid Mailer for Of a Fire on the Moon (71.1). He received $450,000 from all sources for the book: for hardcover, softcover, serial and foreign rights. Rpt: As “To the Saturday Review” in 72.7, 82.19. An incorrect publication date in Harper’s of 20 April is given in both of these reprintings.
The Prisoner of Sex. Boston: Little, Brown, 27 May; London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, August. Essay, 240 pp., $5.95.
Only the first U.S. edition carries the price on the inside front dustwrapper flap. Dedication: “To Carol Stevens.” Nominated for the National Book Award in the arts and letters category. Contains Mailer’s most thoughtful literary criticism, an exploration of the writing of D.H. Lawrence. Rpt: Entire essay first appeared in Harper’s (71.10), and was revised for book publication; 98.7 (partial). See 68.11, 71.16–71.19, 71.23, 71.27, 77.14.
Since PW [prizewinner] could also stand for Prisoner of War (which he could amend to Prisoner of Wedlock, for he had never been able to live without a woman) he had another name for himself, the PW, Prisoner or Prizewinner? They were polar concepts to be regarded at opposite ends of his ego—so they provided a base for his reactions whenever that equivalent of a phallus, that ghost-phallus of the mentality, firm strong-tongued ego, had wandered into unfamiliar scenes. After a time he thought of himself as the Prisoner. (71.20)
Rpt: Partially in 98.7, 13.1.