Preface to Advertisements for Myself. New York: Berkley, December, softcover, v-vii. The first edition of Advertisements for Myself (59.13) contains no preface. Rpt: As “An Advertisement Advertised” in 82.16.
“A Conversation between Norman Mailer and John Ehrlichman: The CIA and Watergate.” Chic 2, December, 16-21, 32, 34, 40, 70, 88, 90, 92. Mailer’s three-page introduction is followed by a transcript of his conversation with Ehrlichman. Rpt: The (blue cover) bound, uncorrected, advance proof of Pieces and Pontifications (82.16) reprinted this dialogue as “Rounding Watergate.” It was dropped from the first and subsequent printings and has been reprinted only in Best of Chic 1 (1978) and The Time of Our Time (98.7, partial).
Preface to The Deer Park. New York: Berkley, November, softcover, v. This preface is only 250 words in length because Mailer had his say in “Fourth Advertisement for Myself: The Last Draft of The Deer Park,” which he reprints from Advertisements for Myself (59.13) after the text in this edition. Mailer does add in the preface that the novel “is I think of all my novels the one which shows the fewest signs of the work which went into it, and I like it that way.” The first edition of The Deer Park (55.4) has no preface.
Preface to The Presidential Papers. New York: Berkley, October, soft-cover, v-vi. This new preface is followed by a piece titled “Special Preface to the First Berkley Edition,” which is in fact the “Special Preface to the Bantam Edition” (64.15). The 1970 Berkley softcover edition also contains and mistitles the Bantam preface. The first edition of The Presidential Papers (63.37) has no preface.
Genius and Lust: A Journey through the Major Writings of Henry Miller. New York: Grove, October. Anthology with critical commentary, 576 pp., $12.50.
Dedication: “to Henry Miller.” Contains excerpts from 10 of Miller’s books—Black Spring, Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn, Sexus, Nexus and Plexus, Sunday after the War, The Colossus of Maroussi, Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch and The Air-Conditioned Nightmare—and 88 pages, in a foreword and nine sections, of commentary by Mailer, comprising his lengthiest piece of literary criticism. The book jacket drawing of Miller is by Norris Church Mailer, his sixth wife. Discarded titles: “Mailer on Miller”; “The Cosmic Demon.”
Rpt: Part of section 2 of Mailer’s commentary appeared in 76.3; all of sections 2, 3 and 4, with a few changes, appeared in 76.4. Pieces and Pontifications (82.16) contains two excerpts: parts of the foreword and sections 1 and 2 appear as “Miller and Hemingway”; the last two-thirds of section 4, “Narcissism,” appears under the same title. Two excerpts, pp. 3-10 and 173-94, appear as “Status” and “Narcissism,” respectively, in Critical Essays on Henry Miller, edited by Ronald Gottesman. New York: G.K. Hall, 1992, brief excerpt in 13.1. See 66.14, 68.11, 77.11.
One had to go back to Melville to find a rhetoric which could prove as noble under full sail. Indeed one has to ask oneself if Miller could not out-write Melville if it came to describing a tempest at sea. Miller at his best wrote a prose grander than Faulkner’s and wilder—the good reader is revolved in a farrago of light with words heavy as velvet, brilliant as gems, eruptions of thought cover the page. You could be in the vortex of one of [Joseph] Turner’s oceanic holocausts when the sun shines in the very center of the storm. No, there is nothing like Henry Miller when he gets rolling. (76.12)
“A Harlot High and Low: Reconnoitering through the Secret Government.” New York, 16 August, 22-32, 35-38, 43-46; cover photograph of Mailer. Essay on the CIA, Watergate, the assassination of J.F.K., and other mysteries. The essay’s subtitle, according to Mailer, is the work of the editors of New York. Harlot’s Ghost (91.26) has its origin here. Rpt: 82.16, 98.7 (partial). Subtitle dropped in reprints.
“Mailer and the Siege of Rome.” Article-interview by unidentified writer. New York, 24 May, 70. Short piece on Mailer’s screen-writing effort for Italian producer, Sergio Leone, which ended in court, where Mailer finally was fully paid. Mailer explains how he spent a month in New York writing 180 pages of the script, based on the Harry Grey novel, The Hoods. Leone didn’t like his work, and spread rumors that he spent all his time in a hotel room with an 18-year-old girl, and wrote the script on cocktail napkins.
“Do Writers Ride in Cadillacs?” Article by Eliot Fremont-Smith. Village Voice, 3 May, 47. Report on the 1976 National Book Awards ceremony in New York. Mailer, the featured speaker, is quoted on the psychological struggles of writers.