The Fight. Los Angeles: Taschen, 15 July. 260 pp., $700, oversize, abridged, limited edition of 1974 copies. No dedication. Edited by Nina Weiner. Conceived by Lawrence Schiller. Photos by Howard Bingham and Neil Leifer. Introduction by J. Michael Lennon.
Norman Mailer: JFK, Superman Comes to the Supermarket. Edited by Nina Weiner. Conceived by Lawrence Schiller. Art Direction by Josh Baker. Introduction by J. Michael Lennon. Los Angeles: Taschen, 5 December. 370 pp., $150, oversize. No dedication. Besides Mailer’s 1960 report on the Democratic Convention in Los Angeles (60.9), and his essay on Jacqueline Kennedy (62.14), this 8 x 12 x 2.8 inch volume contains over 300 photographs of JFK’s 1960 presidential campaign, including one of the opening page of 60.9 where Mailer has crossed out “Supermart” and written in “Supermarket” (and signed his name), restoring what Esquire publisher Arnold Gingrich arbitrarily changed when the essay first appeared three weeks before the 1960 presidential election. See 60.9, 63.37.
Norman Mailer: Moonfire: The Epic Journey of Apollo 11. Conceived by Lawrence Schiller. Text edited by J. Michael Lennon. Introduction by Colum McCann. Los Angeles: Taschen Books, 1 June. 345 pp., oversize, $40. Abridged version of Of a Fire on the Moon (71.1), with hundreds of photographs and maps from NASA, magazine archives and private collections.
“How the Pharaoh Beat Bogey.” George, January, 54-60, 82-86. Issued with two different covers; one titled “Special Collector’s Edition” with a black-and-white cover photograph of Claudia Schiffer; the other cover has a color photograph of her. Nonfiction narrative on the 1996 presidential campaign. Rpt: 98.7 (partial). See 76.5, 96.8.
“War of the Oxymorons.” George, November, 128-39, 164, 166, 168-70, 172-73. Mailer’s first appearance in George. Nonfiction narrative on the Republican and Democratic conventions of 1996. Rpt: Observer Life (London), 10 November, 6-7, 9-10, 12, 14-15, 17-18, 20-21, 23-24; 98.7 (partial), complete in MO. See 76.5, 97.1.
Oswald’s Tale: An American Mystery. New York: Random House, 12 May; London: Little, Brown, 7 September. Nonfiction narrative, 828 pp., $30.
A signed, leather-bound “limited first edition” appeared simultaneously carrying a two-page preface, “A Special Message for the First Edition from Norman Mailer.” Franklin Center, Pa.: Franklin Library, $75.
Dedication: “To Norris, my wife, for this book and for the other seven that have been written through these warm years, these warm twenty years we have been together.” Appreciation:
To Larry Schiller, my skilled and wily colleague in interview and investigation, for the six months we labored side by side in Minsk and Moscow, and then again in Dallas, feeling as close as family (and occasionally as contentious); and to Judith McNally, my incomparable assistant, whose virtues are so numerous it would weigh upon one’s own self-regard to list them—yes, to Schiller and McNally, a full and unconditional appreciation. Without them there might have been no tale to tell.
Rpt: A lengthy advance excerpt appeared in New Yorker (95.8), a shorter one in New York Review of Books (95.15), and, shortly after publication, another brief one in Parade (95.17); eight excerpts are reprinted in The Time of Our Time (98.7). See 83.58, 93.8, 1995 entries, 96.2, 97.26.
The intent of Oswald’s Tale, you see, is not to solve the case—that’s beyond my means—but to delineate for the reader what kind of man he was (that is to say, what kind of character Oswald would be in a novel), and thereby enable the reader to start thinking about which plots, conspiracies, or lone actions Oswald would have been capable of, as opposed to all the ones he would never fit. (95.27)
“Oswald in the U.S.S.R.: Annals of Surveillance.” New Yorker, 10 April, 56-99. Nonfiction narrative excerpt from Oswald’s Tale: An American Mystery (95.16). Rpt: Appearing about a month before 95.16, this excerpt is a much compressed version of parts 2 and 4-9 of volume 1, “Oswald in Minsk with Marina,” with an epilogue from chapter 5, part 8, of volume 2, “Oswald in America,” dealing with Marina Oswald at age 52. It is titled “A Widow’s Elegy” in the book.
“By Heaven Inspired: Republican Convention Revisited.” New Republic, 12 October, 12, 24, 26-27, 30-35. Nonfiction narrative on the August Republican Convention in Houston. Except for his poem “Gladiators: For Hemingway” (74.16), this is Mailer’s only contribution to the New Republic. His report on the 1992 Democratic Convention has never been published. Rpt: 98.7 (partial), complete in MO. See 76.5.
St. George and the Godfather. Introduction by John Leonard. New York: Arbor House, September; simultaneously as a softcover. Nonfiction narrative on the 1972 political conventions, 229 pp., $14.95. First hardcover version of the earlier softcover (72.17).
“The Executioner’s Song.” Playboy, December, 176-77, 192, 196, 386, 370, 372, 374, 376, 382, 384, 386, 388, 390. Nonfiction narrative on Gary Gilmore. Illustrated by Marshall Arisman. Rpt: This third and final installment from The Executioner’s Song (79.14) is a much-compressed and edited version of Gilmore’s execution (chapters 30-40), appearing after 79.14 was published. Playboy gave this and the earlier two excerpts from 79.14 (79.10, 79.19) its annual award for best major work.