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1972

Mailer begins work on what for the next several years will be called “the Egyptian novel,” later published as Ancient Evenings. In debt and in arrears to the I.R.S, he speaks at more than 20 colleges to earn money over the year. His fourth miscellany, Existential Errands, which contains his essays on film and theatre, […]

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“Caribbean Cruise Attempts to Seek Meaning of Apollo.” Article by Tom Buckley. New York Times, 12 December, 49, 53. Report on a cruise aboard the S.S. Statendam organized to observe the launch of the Apollo 17 mission and give seminars on space and humanity’s future. Mailer was joined by the following at panel discussions: Hugh […]

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“Moral Superiority.” Letter to the editor. Time, 11 December, 9. Complaint about being quoted out of context in the “People” section, 6 November, regarding the moral superiority of George McGovern. RPT: SLNM.

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“TV Review: Mailer and Laing Seen in Channel 13 Talk.” Article by John J. O’Conner. New York Times, 10 November, 72. Review of a program hosted by Patrick Watson, on which Mailer and R.D. Laing discussed schizo- phrenia and other matters. O’Conner found the show to be a “disaster,” but the Mailer quotes he gives […]

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“Mailer: A Maverick Who Became…Aquarius Rex.” Article-interview by Bruce Cook. National Observer, 4 November, 1, 15. Report on Mailer’s late October appearance at State University of New York at Stony Brook where he read from 72.17, and then answered Cook’s questions on the 60s, film, and the future of American society. Asked what shape radical […]

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“The Genius.” New York Review of Books, 2 November, 16-20. Election issue, lead story. Nonfiction narrative. Advance excerpts from part 3, “Program,” of St. George and the Godfather (72.17) focusing on Richard Nixon. This issue appeared on newsstands at approximately the same time as 72.17, in late October.

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“Norman Mailer in Illinois.” Article-interview by Mike Lennon. Sunrise (Macomb, Ill.), no. 4 (November), 24-26. Report on a late October appearance at Western Illinois University where Mailer showed his second film, “Beyond the Law,” and read from the still-unreleased St. George and the Godfather (72.17). Interview questions center on narrative perspective in Mailer’s nonfiction. Mailer […]

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“The Day the Movement Died.” Article by Dotson Rader. Esquire, November, 130-35, 194, 196-98, 200, 202, 204. Mailer is quoted several times in this long article on the decline and fall of various protest movements. Rpt: In a revised form as “With Mailer at the Senator’s” in Blood Dues. New York: Knopf, 1973. Rader’s book […]

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St. George and the Godfather. New York: New American Library, late October, softcover. Nonfiction narrative on the 1972 political conventions, 229 pp., $1.50. Dedication: “To dad (alias Isaac Barnett Mailer).” A September publication date is given on the copyright page; it is incorrect, as explained in 72.12, 72.19. Rpt: Advance excerpts appeared in Life (72.10) […]

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“Norman Mailer in Full Cry.” Article by William Moore. San Francisco Chronicle, 26 October, 7. Report on an impromptu discussion with students after Mailer’s speech at University of California, Berkeley on October 25. Mailer comments on the Women’s Liberation movement, Gore Vidal, Dick Cavett, Johnny Carson and Richard Nixon.

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