1974

In May, The Faith of Graffiti, an essay on New York’s graffiti artists (conceived by Lawrence Schiller with photographs by Mervyn Kurlansky and Jon Naar) is published simultaneously in Esquire and book form.

In October, he covers the “The Rumble in the Jungle,” the Muhammad Ali-George Foreman heavyweight fight in Zaire which Ali wins by a knockout in the eighth round to regain the championship.

Laura Adams publishes the first major primary and secondary bibliography of Mailer’s work, Norman Mailer: A Comprehensive Bibliography.

Mailer (1974)

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75.13

“Norman Mailer: I’m Like a Minor Champ.” Interview by Stan Isaacs. LI: Newsday’s Magazine, 21 September, 10-13, 22-26. Mailer’s longest interview on boxing, with additional comment on his books, Ernest Hemingway, John Updike, J.F.K., President Harry S. Truman and Feodor Dostoyevsky. See 75.12, 77.13.

74.20

Letter to John Hohenberg (28 December 1972). In The Pulitzer Prizes: A History of the Awards in Books, Drama, Music, and Journalism, Based on the Private Files over Six Decades, by John Hohenberg, 202, 339. New York: Columbia University Press. Mailer comments on why The Naked and the Dead (48.2) did not receive the Pulitzer Prize: “I had come out all ten thumbs and ten big toes for Henry Wallace, and for all I know may have been considered a fellow-traveler or a Communist dupe.” Mailer also comments on the effect the Pulitzer he received for The Armies of the Night (68.8) had on his campaign for mayor of New York.

74.19

“Norman Mailer: ‘The Time of Her Time.’” In Writer’s Choice: Each of Twenty American Authors Introduces His Own Best Story, edited by Rust Hills, 251-77. New York: David McKay. In a 271-word preface to the story, Mailer says that his “credentials as a writer of short stories are, say the word, compact,” and therefore choosing “The Time of Her Time” was not hard. He goes on to say that Walter Minton of G.P. Putnam’s confided in him that publishing the story in 59.13 made Minton realize that Lolita could be published in the U.S. Rpt: Mailer shortens this preface when he reprints it and the story in The Time of Our Time (98.7). See 61.15, 67.11, 68.32.

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74.18

“Norman Mailer.” Article-interview by Selden Rodman. In Tongues of Fallen Angels, by Selden Rodman, 162-81. New York: New Directions. Rodman links a few conversations with Mailer from 1948 to 1971 together with his insights and impressions. Other writers interviewed include Jorge Borges, Robert Frost, Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Neruda, Gabriel García Márquez, Allen Ginsberg, Octavio Paz and Derek Walcott. Rodman included an excerpt from The Naked and the Dead (48.2), the storm sequence (part 2, chapter 4), in One Hundred Modern Poems (New York: New American Library, 1951).

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74.17

Letter to Warren Farrell. In The Liberated Man, 66- 67. New York: Random House. Mailer explains to Farrell that he is not interested in joining a men’s consciousness-raising group because “it’s a way of digging too close to the source of one’s work.”

74.16

“Gladiators: For Hemingway.” New Republic, 30 November, 22. Poem. One of two contributions to New Republic. See 92.10.

74.15

“Norman on Senator [Jacob] Javits.” Village Voice, 31 October, 22. Two hundred-word political endorsement of Javits, “the personification of a great legislator,” for a fourth term as Senator from New York.

74.14

Preface to The Joker, by Jean Malaquais, 11-24. New York: Warner, September, softcover. Malaquais’s novel, originally published in the U.S. in 1954 by Doubleday, was reissued with Mailer’s preface as part of Warner’s “Rediscovery Series.” Malaquais, one of Mailer’s closest friends and his mentor in the 40s and 50s, translated The Naked and the Dead (48.2) into French, and is the dedicatee of Barbary Shore (51.1). Rpt: 75.5; without the third of its three parts as “My Friend, Jean Malaquais” in Pieces and Pontifications (82.16); complete in Rediscoveries II: Important Writers Select Their Favorite Works of Neglected Fiction, edited by David Madden and Peggy Bach. New York: Carroll and Graf, 1988; and complete on Project Mailer.

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74.13

“Expletive Restored.” Village Voice, 13 June, 4. With great bravura, Mailer imagines what the unedited transcripts of the frank talk of three presidents—Lyndon B. Johnson, John F. Kennedy, Harry S. Truman—would sound like. See 74.11.