1978

A facsimile of the manuscript of Mailer’s unpublished 1943 novel, A Transit to Narcissus, is published by Howard Fertig in January.

John Buffalo born to Norris on 16 April.

Norris, John Buffalo, and NM (c.1979)

Summers again in Mt. Desert, ME. Judith McNally becomes Mailer’s secretary and continues in that role until her death in 2006.

Mailer and Jacqueline Onassis (1978)

in Days | 49 Words

78.7

Comments. In The Great American Newspaper: The Rise and Fall of the “Village Voice,” by Kevin Michael McAuliffe, passim. New York: Scribner’s. One of the most extensive treatments of Mailer’s association with the Village Voice. See 56.156.24, and Mailer’s 25 February 1974 letter to Harper Barnes in 14.3.

78.6

“Notes on People.” Article by unidentified writer. New York Times, 12 December, Sec. C, p. 6. Report on an exchange between Mailer and Susan Brownmiller at a New York Public Library event.

78.5

“The Many Marriages of Norman Mailer.” Article-interview by Kay Longcope. Boston Globe, 11 December, 1, 16. Alternating comment on their failed marriage from Beverly Bentley and Mailer, who summed up: “If I am a prisoner of wedlock, I’m a recidivist. Some people are criminals, some are criminal conformists. I’m in the second category.” See 78.4, 79.2, 79.3, 79.5, 79.8, 80.13.

78.4

“Mailer’s Real-Life Escapades Outdo Fiction.” Article-interview by Tom Sullivan and Harold Banks. Boston Herald-American, 10 December, Sec. A, p. 3. Summary article on Mailer’s divorce from Beverly Bentley drawn from trial testimony and an interview. Mailer also discusses his forthcoming book, The Executioner’s Song (79.14): “It’s as long as Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov, and about a quarter as good. If it’s a quarter as good, it’s good enough.” See 78.5, 79.2, 79.3, 79.5, 79.8, 80.13.

78.3

“Mom Mailer’s Advice, and Other Things.” Article by William Hamilton. Boston Globe, 8 June, 1, 19. Report on Mailer’s 35th Harvard reunion, at which he spoke after being introduced as “the folk hero of our class and the nation.”

78.2

A Transit to Narcissus. New York: Howard Fertig, 29 March. Facsimile of typescript of previously unpublished novel, written in 1943, 820 pp., $100.

Includes Appendices A-G containing later revisions. No dedication. Limited edition of 1,000. See 73.12, 77.10.

A Transit to Narcissus (1943)

78.1

“On Weed and Karma.” Transcript of Mailer’s testimony at trial of Robert Rowbotham in Ontario for drug smuggling. Stone Age, no. 1 (winter), 28-29. See 77.3.