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1982

Pieces and Pontifications, his fifth miscellany, including 12 essays and 20 interviews, and edited by J. Michael Lennon, is published on 21 June. A TV miniseries of The Executioner’s Song, produced and directed by Schiller, airs in November. Mailer writes the screenplay. Mailer: A Biography, by Hilary Mills, is published.

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Foreword to Dear Muffo [Bob Musel]: 35 Years in the Fast Lane, by Harold Conrad, xix-xxii. Introduction by Budd Schulberg. New York: Stein and Day.

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Contribution to Happy Birthday, Kurt Vonnegut: A Festschrift for Kurt Vonnegut on His Sixtieth Birthday, compiled by Jill Krementz, 99. New York: Delacorte. Five hundred numbered copies. In 147 words, Mailer talks of his pleasure in dining with Vonnegut, who “is almost a dead ringer in physical appearance for Mark Twain.”

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“From ‘A Work in Progress.’” Paris Review, no. 86 (winter), 10-14. First advance excerpt from Ancient Evenings (83.18), taken, according to a note, from the installment forthcoming in Playboy, although the selection does not appear in either Playboy excerpt (83.17 and 83.28). An “Author’s Note” explains the seven parts of the soul delineated by the […]

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Interview by Hilary Mills. In Mailer: A Biography, by Hilary Mills, passim. New York: Empire Books, mid-November. First book-length biography of Mailer. Valuable for its interviews with several of his wives, including his first, Beatrice Silverman, and a number of his friends and acquaintances including Jean Malaquais, Scott Meredith, George Plimpton, Dwight Macdonald, Mickey Knox, […]

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“Norman Mailer Tackles the Screen.” Article-interview by William Wolf. New York, 8 November, 86-87. Interviewed about the film version of The Executioner’s Song (79.13), Mailer says that the execution scene “just knocks me down every time I see it.” Asked if he considered departing from the book in his screenplay, he said, “I’m not sure […]

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“How Novels Get Titles.” Article by Robert F. Moss. New York Times Book Review, 7 November, 13, 18. Mailer explains that Stanley Rinehart, his publisher, thought that The Naked and the Dead (48.2) was “a dreadful title,” in an article for which a dozen contemporary writers, including Eudora Welty, Joyce Carol Oates, Anne Tyler, Walker […]

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“A Vintage Mailer Performance.” Article by Mark Muro. Boston Globe, 5 November, 21-22. Account of Mailer’s exchanges with the audience after a showing of “Maidstone” (71.28). See 82.20.

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“Cinema’s Wild Man: Mailer Movies at Coolidge Corner.” Article-interview by Paul Restuccia. Boston Herald American, 5 November, Sec. B, p. 6. Mailer comments on his films after a showing of “Maidstone” (71.28) by the Institute of Contemporary Art at Coolidge Corner Theater in Brookline, Mass., and later at a bar. He says: “One reason I […]

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The Essential Mailer. Sevenoaks, Kent: New English Library, 1 August. Miscellany, 586 pp. Combines The Short Fiction of Norman Mailer (67.11) and Existential Errands (72.7), with two excisions: the introduction to 67.11, which was reprinted in 72.7, appears only once in 82.19: at the beginning of the short fiction; original dedication to 72.7 was dropped.

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