Mailer, Norman

1971 letter thanking children for drawings

Price: $125.00

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(1923-2007) Jewish-American Brooklyn-raised novelist, journalist, essayist, poet, playwright, screenwriter, film director. He wrote 40+ books, publishing 11 novels over a 59-year span. Considered an innovator of narrative nonfiction, sometimes called “New Journalism”, which superimposes the essay onto the nonfiction novel. Awarded the Pulitzer Prize twice and the National Book Award once. In 1955, Mailer co-founded The Village Voice as an arts and politics oriented weekly newspaper distributed in Greenwich Village. In 2005, he won the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters from the National Book Foundation. Graduated Harvard 1943, drafted into US Army. His experience in the Philippines provided material for “The Naked and the Dead” (1948), a best seller for 62 weeks, hailed as one of the best American wartime novels and named one of the "100 best novels in English language" by the Modern Library. It was followed by “Barbary Shore” (1951), and “The Deer Park” (1955), which was drawn on his experiences as a 1949–50 Hollywood screenwriter. His 4th novel, “An American Dream”, was serialized in Esquire over 8 months in 1964. In 1980, “The Executioner's Song”, his novelization of the life and death of murderer Gary Gilmore, won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. His final novel, “The Castle in the Forest” (2007, on Hitler's childhood), reached #5 on the Times bestseller list. From the mid-50s, he was known for his counter-cultural essays, inc. "The White Negro" (1957) and "Superman Comes to the Supermarket" (1960, for Esquire, account of the emergence of John F. Kennedy during the Democratic Party convention). His contributions to the “New Journalism” inc. “The Armies of the Night” (1968, awarded Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award); “Miami and the Siege of Chicago” (1968); “Of a Fire on the Moon” (1971); and “The Prisoner of Sex” (1971). In Oct. 1967, he was arrested for involvement in an anti-Vietnam War demonstration at the Pentagon. In 1969, he ran in the Democratic Party primary for Mayor of New York City and came in 4th in a field of 5. His biographical subjects included Pablo Picasso, Muhammad Ali, Gary Gilmore, Lee Harvey Oswald, and Marilyn Monroe; his 1973 “Marilyn” was particularly controversial and successful. 11 x 8 ½ TLS to a teacher/collector, Brooklyn, NY, November 5 1971, noting he does not send out photographs but sends this note asking recipient to give his regards to children “in return for their drawings.”

Condition: Very good
Type:Letter






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