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1983

His interview with Robert Begiebing, one of his three or four most important interviews, is published in Harvard Magazine. In it he discusses at length his years at Harvard, and also explains the origins of Ancient Evenings. Preceded by advance excerpts in Playboy, Vogue and Paris Review, Ancient Evenings, set in Egypt 3,000 years ago […]

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Statement for class record. Harvard College, Class of 1943: Fortieth Anniversary Report, 120-21. Cambridge: Harvard University. In his 95-word statement, Mailer notes his marriage to Norris Church, the births of his son John Buffalo and his granddaughter Valentina, the publication of The Executioner’s Song (79.14) and finishing Ancient Evenings (83.18). See 49.4, 53.5, 58.6.

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Foreword to Oswald’s Game, by Jean Davison, 7-10. New York: W.W. Norton. Written when Mailer had greater faith in the various conspiracy theories surrounding the Kennedy assassination, and thus worth comparing with Oswald’s Tale: An American Mystery (95.16). Mailer discusses the coincidences of his life, including the fact that he worked in the same studio […]

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“Dwight Macdonald: 1906-1982.” Proceedings of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, 2nd ser. (no. 34), 89-91. Portrait. Read at an Institute dinner meeting, 3 November. Rpt: As Preface to a new, posthumous, edition of Macdonald’s collection, Discriminations: Essays and Afterthoughts. New York: Grossman, 1985. See 60.8.

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“Cat Lovers.” Article-interview by Marcia Froelke Coburn. (Chicago) Reader, 16 December, 46-47. Reports on Mailer’s talk at a Chicago fundraiser for cats. Mailer tells the story of two cats he knew in Paris in 1947-1948. See 83.55.

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“A Tamer Mailer Finds a Cause.” Article-interview by Barbara Sullivan. Chicago Tribune, 5 December, Sec. 2, p. 8. In Chicago to speak at a fundraiser for cat agencies at the request of his friend Irma Robinson, Mailer talked about cats and other matters at a pre-fundraiser luncheon. He tells the reporter that his first murder […]

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“Jackie, the Prisoner of Celebrity.” Esquire, “Golden Anniversary Collector’s Issue: 50 Who Made a Difference.” December, 185-89. Portrait of Jacqueline Kennedy. Rpt: The entire issue was republished with a preface by Lee Eisenberg and a foreword by Phillip Moffitt: New York: Villard Books, 1984. See 62.12.

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“All the Pirates and People: Norman Mailer Discovers the Man Who Is Clint Eastwood.” Parade, 23 October, 4-7. Portrait-interview. Rpt: MO.  

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“The Poor American in London: The British Elections as Seen through the Trained Eye of an Innocent Abroad.” Esquire, October, 49-50, 52, 54, 56, 58, 60, 62. Essay. Rpt: Divided into three parts, “The Left,” “The Right,” “The Outcome,” Mailer’s essay first appeared in three installments (29 May, 5 June, 12 June) in the English […]

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“Norman Mailer’s Ancient Magic: Machismo, Elegance and Dogs That Don’t Watch TV.” Article-interview by William F. Ryan. Virginia Country, October, 34-39, 88. A longer version of 83.27, this is perhaps Mailer’s most exhaustive conversation on Ancient Evenings (83.18), with long discussions of magic, technology, telepathy, reincarnation and erotic literature.

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