Norman Mailer: A Double Life. By J. Michael Lennon. New York: Simon and Schuster, 15 October. 947 pp., $40. Dedication: “To my wife, Donna Pedro Lennon, and Barbara Mailer Wasserman, with love and gratitude. And to the memory of Robert F. Lucid.” Authorized biography, with extensive quotations from Mailer’s unpublished letters, interviews with him, and […]
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Norman Mailer/Bert Stern/Marilyn Monroe. Conceived by Lawrence Schiller. Photographs by Bert Stern. Text edited by J. Michael Lennon. Los Angeles: Taschen, 12 December. 275 pp., oversize, $69.99. An abridged version of Marilyn: A Biography (73.30). Approximately 50 passages totaling 20,000 words were trimmed from the original text.
Mailer: A Biography. By Mary Dearborn: Houghton Mifflin, 9 December. Mailer declined to be interviewed for this book, the fourth full-length biography, but many conversations with him are quoted. Dearborn conducted interviews with approximately 50 people, including Mailer’s editors, Roger Donald, Ralph Graves and Jason Epstein, filmmakers D. A. Pennbaker and Jan Welt, and several […]
Portrait of Picasso as a Young Man: An Interpretive Biography. New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 15 October; London: Little, Brown. 284 illustrations, including 48 color plates, 400 pp., $35. Dedication: “To Judith McNally; For her insights and her labors large and small that contributed so much to the publication of this work.” Discarded title: “Pablo […]
The Lives of Norman Mailer by Carl Rollyson. New York: Paragon House, October. Mailer was not interviewed for this biography (which Paragon House published to appear at the same time as 91.26), nor were most of his family and friends. Rollyson provides more purely literary analysis—much of it very thoughtful—than his predecessors, but overall the […]
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 […]
“Life with Mailer.” Biographical article by James Atlas. New York Times Magazine, 9 September, 52-55, 86, 88, 90, 92, 94, 96, 98, 102, 104, 107; cover photograph of Mailer. Longest biographical essay on Mailer since Brock Brower’s piece in Life (65.20). Like Brower, Atlas concentrates on whether Mailer will make good on his early promise […]
“Married to Marilyn.” New York Review of Books, 9 August, 11-14. Biography. Rpt: Appearing at about the same time as the biography, this excerpt, with a number of small changes appears as part of “Marilyn,” chapter 5 of 73.30.
Marilyn: A Biography; Pictures by the World’s Foremost Photographers. Produced by Lawrence Schiller; Designed by Allen Hurlburt. New York: Grosset and Dunlap, 1 August; London: Hodder and Stoughton, 8 October. 111 photographs, 271 pp., $19.95. No dedication. Mailer’s contribution was originally to have been a 25,000-word preface to a selection of Monroe photographs, but it […]
“Marilyn.” Ladies’ Home Journal, August, 79, 126-28, 130-34. Biography. Rpt: Appearing at about the same time as the biography, this excerpt, with several small changes, appears as “Lonely Lady,” the eighth and final chapter of 73.30.