2009

“A Man of Letters” is published in the January issue of Playboy. It consists of 28 letters, 1952-2008, from Mailer to 23 different individuals, including Gore Vidal, James Baldwin, Truman Capote, Lillian Ross and Gordon Lish. Twenty-four of the letters are reprinted in Selected Letters of Norman Mailer. Fifteen letters from Mailer to various correspondents are published in three issues of the NYRB (12 February, 26 February, and 12 March). All 15 are later reprinted in Selected Letters of Norman Mailer. 

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09.7

Loving Mailer. By Carole Mallory. Beverly Hills, CA: Phoenix Books. Memoir by Mailer’s lover from 1984-1991, with many remembered quotes from Mailer.

09.6

Lies My Mother Never Told Me. By Kaylie Jones. New York: William Morrow. Memoir by the daughter of James Jones. Contains important accounts of meetings with Mailer.

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09.5

“Mailer’s Final Legacy.” Article-interview by Sue Fox. Times (London), 8 August, 8. Memoir with quotes from Mailer in the hospital just before he died, and from John Buffalo Mailer, Norris Church Mailer, Lawrence Schiller and Dwayne Raymond, Mailer’s assistant.

09.4

Norman Mailer: Letters to Jack Abbott.” Edited by J. Michael Lennon. New York Review of Books, 12 March, 26-26. Five letters, 1959-1988, two to Abbott, one each to Alfred Kazin, Arnold Kemp, and Helen Morris. All five are reprinted in SLNM. See 89.14.

09.3

Norman Mailer: ‘Deer Park’ Letters.” Edited by J. Michael Lennon. New York Review of Books, 26 February, 19-20, 22. Six letters, 1953-55, written while Mailer was writing The Deer Park (55.4), or just afterwards. Four are to William Styron, one to James jones, and one to Vance Bourjaily. All six are reprinted in SLNM.

09.2

Norman Mailer: Letters on Writing.” Edited by J. Michael Lennon. New York Review of Books, 12 February, 19-20. Four letters, 1946-52, to his parents, Adeline Lubell, Max Gissen, and Lilian Hellman. All four are reprinted in SLNM.

09.1

“A Man of Letters.” Edited by J. Michael Lennon. Playboy, January, 70-72, 142-48. Twenty-eight letters, 1952-2008, to 23 different individuals, including Gore Vidal, James Baldwin, Truman Capote, Lillian Ross and Gordon Lish. Twenty-four of the letters are reprinted in SLNM.