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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 […]

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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.

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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.”

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74.16

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

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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.

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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 […]

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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.

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