On 28 August, Mailer’s mother dies. On 20 November, he receives Lord and Taylor’s annual Rose Award for public accomplishment.
Tag Archives | 1985
Seminar Comments. In From Fact to Fiction: Journalism and Imaginative Writing in America, by Shelley Fisher Fishkin, 208-9. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. Speaking in Fishkin’s 1982 journalism seminar at Yale, Mailer discusses the melding of journalism and fiction in The Executioner’s Song (79.14).
“Norman Mailer.” Interview by Charles Ruas. In Conversations with American Writers, by Charles Ruas, 18-36. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. Thirteen other writers are included: Eudora Welty, Truman Capote, Gore Vidal, Tennessee Williams, Marguerite Young, William Burroughs, Joseph Heller, Susan Sontag, E.L. Doctorow, Toni Morrison, Paul Theroux, Robert Stone and Scott Spencer. Most of the […]
Introduction to new edition of After the Lost Generation: A Critical Study of the Writers of Two Wars, by John W. Aldridge, xvii-xxii. New York: Arbor House, softcover. Mailer received his first important critical notice in the first edition (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1951), and Aldridge became a good friend.
Interviews by Peter Manso. In Mailer: His Life and Times, by Peter Manso, passim. New York: Simon and Schuster. Second book-length (oral) biography of Mailer. Contains original interviews with Mailer, his family, friends and acquaintances; a total of 151 individuals are identified in the “Contributors” section, many of them never interviewed before or since. Includes […]
Huckleberry Finn, Alive at 100. Montclair, N.J.: Caliban Press. Essay, 9 pp., $18. Limited edition of 250, 200 softcover and 50 in boards. Rpt: 84.32, 98.7.
A Fragment From Vietnam: A Play in One Act. Helsinki: Eurographica, softcover. One-act play with accompanying self-interview (67.16), 39 pp. Limited edition of 350, plus 12 author’s copies. Adapted by Mailer from Why Are We In Vietnam? (67.15). Rpt: 72.7, 82.19. See 67.15 for context and description of this reprint; 72.18.
“The Cathedral of St. Isaac in Leningrad.” Partisan Review 51 (double issue: 51:4, 1984 and 52:1, 1985), 535. Poem. Rpt: Partisan Review: The 50th Anniversary Edition, edited by William Phillips. New York: Stein and Day.
“Censorship to Be a Topic of PEN Congress Panel.” Article by Edwin McDowell. New York Times, 24 December, Sec. C, p. 11. Overview of the program of the PEN Congress, with a quote from Mailer on the purpose of the event. See 85.1, 85.2, 85.6, 85.8, winter and spring 1986 entries.
“Mailer Earns Praise for PEN Efforts.” Article-interview by Edwin McDowell. New York Times, 23 December, Sec. C, p. 12. Comment on Mailer’s role as organizer and fundraiser for the 12-18 January 1986 PEN Congress. Mailer also reveals that he is “working on a long novel [91.26] whose subject I would prefer to keep a secret.” […]