1976

On 25 February, he is awarded the Gold Medal for Literature by the National Arts Club.

Some Honorable Men: Political Conventions, 1960-1972, is published on 1 April.

In September, he profiles presidential candidate Jimmy Carter for the New York Times Magazine.

Preceded by an excerpt in American Review, Genius and Lust: A Journey through the Major Writings of Henry Miller, edited by Mailer and containing 80 pages of his commentary, is published in October.

He receives Playboy’s Best Major Work in Fiction Award for “Trial of the Warlock,” a screenplay based on J. K. Huysmans’s 1891 novel, Là-Bas. The screenplay remains uncollected.

NM & Mathew Wellfleet 1976

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Foreword to St. Patrick’s Day with Mayor Daley, and Other Things Too Good to Miss, by Eugene Kennedy, ix-xiii. New York: Seabury. Rpt: Project Mailer.

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Preface to Papa: A Personal Memoir, by Gregory H. Hemingway, M.D., xi-xiii. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. Rpt: As “Papa and Son” in 82.16 and Project Mailer.

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Mailer and the Times of His Time. By Jonathan Middlebrook. San Francisco: Bay Books, 1976. Extended personal essay on Mailer’s ties to American romantics, including a comic account of his first meeting with Mailer and a number of Mailer’s comments. Rpt: Mailer Review (2014).

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The Inn and Us. By Anne Edwards and Stephen Citron. New York: Random House. Memoir by the couple who ran an inn-nightclub in Stockbridge, Massachusetts where Mailer’s fifth wife, Carol Stevens sang, and where Mailer got into a head-butting contest, which is memorably described.

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Letter to Elsa Lanchester. In Charles Laughton: An Intimate Biography, by Charles Higham, 197-98. Mailer wrote to Laughton’s widow detailing the five days he had spent with him discussing a screenplay for The Naked and the Dead (48.2). Laughton finished a draft of the screenplay, but because of financial problems he never completed a final version and the film was produced by Paul Gregory for Warner Brothers, “with very inferior results,” according to Higham. See 87.3.

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“New Yorkers, etc.” Article by Charlotte Curtis. New York Times, 20 December, Sec. C, p. 14. Mailer is quoted briefly in a report on a 14 December party for Richard and Doris Kearns Goodwin at his Brooklyn Heights apartment.

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“Mailer’s Poetry Reading at the Y Rated A for Effort, X for Content.” Article by Israel Shenker. New York Times, 14 December, 24. Report, with brief quotations, of a Mailer reading at New York’s 92nd Street Y.M.-Y.W.H.A., where he read from Deaths for the Ladies (and Other Disasters) (62.3) and other works, including his novel-in-progress (83.18).

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“Mailer Takes on the Heavyweight Novel.” Article-interview by Herbert Mitgang. New York Times, 10 December, Sec. C, p. 24. Mailer discusses his novel-in-progress, Ancient Evenings (83.18), with additional comment on Henry Miller and Saul Bellow, who received the Nobel Prize in Literature the same day: “To my surprise, I felt good about Saul getting it, because he deserved it. I sent him a telegram of congratulations.” Rpt. Mitgang’s Words Still Count with Me: A Chronicle of Literary Conversations. New York: Norton, 1995.

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“Trial of the Warlock.” Playboy, December, 121-24, 126, 132, 232, 235-36, 240, 243-44, 246, 249-52, 254, 256. Screenplay adaptation of J.K. Huysmans’s 1891 novel, Lá-Bas. Playboy gave “Warlock” its annual award for best major work in fiction; it tied with an excerpt from Kurt Vonnegut’s Slapstick. Rpt: Playboy Stories: The Best of Forty Years of Short Fiction, edited by Alice K. Turner. New York: E.P. Dutton, 1993.