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A Sampling of Letters

The New Yorker published a sampling of letters by Norman Mailer that they call “In the Ring: Grappling with the Twentieth Century“:

From his service in the Second World War until not long before his death, last year, Mailer in his correspondence tirelessly addressed the political themes of his time.

Here’s a sample, from a letter to the editor of Playboy, where he takes offense at being called a “liberal”:

December 21, 1962

Dear Sir,

I wish you hadn’t billed the debate between William Buckley and myself as a meeting between a conservative and a liberal. I don’t care if people call me a radical, a rebel, a red, a revolutionary, an outsider, an outlaw, a Bolshevik, an anarchist, a nihilist, or even a left conservative, but please don’t ever call me a liberal.

Yours,
Norman Mailer

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  • John Dalziel

    Does the New Yorker publication indicate that we can look forward to the appearance of the promised book of letters in the near future? After almost 55 years of book collecting I have to return to those wonderful times of waiting for such books as Of A Fire on The Moon or The Executioner's Song to hit the shelves, to express the anxious anticipation with which I await news of what promises to be, to me at least, the greatest publishing event for many years.
    What a complement to The Time Of Our Time the volume will be.

  • http://grlucas.net/ G. R. Lucas

    John, according to The New York Observer, we may have to wait a while for those letters. See several paragraphs into the article.

  • John Dalziel

    I appreciate that .At least I now know to draw on whatever reserves of patience I still have. It may not be politic to comment further, except to say “damn lawyers”.

  • John Dalziel

    Does the New Yorker publication indicate that we can look forward to the appearance of the promised book of letters in the near future? After almost 55 years of book collecting I have to return to those wonderful times of waiting for such books as Of A Fire on The Moon or The Executioner's Song to hit the shelves, to express the anxious anticipation with which I await news of what promises to be, to me at least, the greatest publishing event for many years.
    What a complement to The Time Of Our Time the volume will be.

  • http://grlucas.net/ G. R. Lucas

    John, according to The New York Observer, we may have to wait a while for those letters. See several paragraphs into the article.

  • John Dalziel

    I appreciate that .At least I now know to draw on whatever reserves of patience I still have. It may not be politic to comment further, except to say “damn lawyers”.

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