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Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series I. Works and Associated Material, 1942-1997

Series II. Career-Related and Personal, 1935-2005

University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Thomas Fiske:

A Preliminary Inventory of His Collection of Norman Mailer at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center



Creator: Fiske, Thomas
Title: Thomas Fiske Collection of Norman Mailer
Dates: 1935-2005
Abstract: Reflecting a long and prolific literary career, this collection of Norman Mailer, assembled by collector Thomas Fiske, includes typescript drafts, playscripts, screenplays, galleys and proofs, dust jackets, posters, lobby cards, publicity, poems, sheet music, articles by and about Mailer, correspondence, interviews, campaign materials, personal papers, photographs, programs, and speeches.
RLIN Record #: None
Extent: 8 document boxes, 10 serials boxes, 3 oversize boxes, 3 oversize folders, 1 galley folder (10.75 linear feet)
Language: English.
Repository: The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Scope and Contents

Reflecting a long and prolific literary career, this collection of Norman Mailer, assembled by collector Thomas Fiske, includes typescript drafts, playscripts, screenplays, galleys and proofs, dust jackets, posters, lobby cards, publicity, poems, sheet music, articles by and about Mailer, correspondence, interviews, campaign materials, personal papers, photographs, programs, and speeches. The collection is organized in two series: I. Works and Associated Material, 1942-1997; and II. Career-Related and Personal, 1935-2005.

The works series contains material for film, fiction and non-fiction works, plays, and other writings. Films represented are Beyond the Law (1968), The Deer Park (1982), The Executioner's Song (1982), King Lear (1987), Maidstone (1970), Ragtime (1981), Tough Guys Don't Dance (1986), Town Bloody Hall: A Dialogue on Women's Liberation (1979), and Wild 90 (1967). Mailer's fiction and nonfiction works include Cannibals and Christians (1966); The Executioner's Song (1979); "The Foundation" (1942), working title for the novella "A Calculus at Heaven" (Cross-Section, 1944); The Gospel According to the Son (1997); Harlot's Ghost (1991); The Prisoner of Sex (1971); The White Negro (1959); and Why Are We in Vietnam? (1967). Two plays, The Deer Park and Strawhead, are also present. Other writings include two published contributions, "The Last Draft of The Deer Park" and "Rounding Camelot, 1958-1967." Published excerpts and other short works are also found in numerous serials included with the collection.

Series II. Career-Related and Personal includes articles by and about Mailer, correspondence, interviews, personal papers, photographs and portraiture, and programs related to public appearances. The correspondence dates from 1946-1996. Included are Mailer's outgoing letters to Peter Arthurs, Tom Fiske, and Howard Sounes. Of particular interest is a 1946 letter to Angus Cameron, an editor at Little, Brown, concerning the editing of profanity in The Naked and the Dead. A number of Mailer print and television interview transcripts are present, including the newspaper Exposé (1956), William F. Buckley, Jr. (1979), David Frost (1992), Charlie Rose (1993 and 1997), and Sean Abbott for At Random (1997). Also present are writings by Mailer scholar and archivist, J. Michael Lennon, especially his edited volume of correspondence, Norman Mailer's Letters on An American Dream, 1963-1969 (2004).

Testifying to Mailer's eclectic career, this series also contains material on Mailer's unsuccessful 1969 campaign with Jimmy Breslin for New York City municipal leadership. The programs and print material related to public appearances range from his 1943 Harvard commencement program to conferences, symposia, literary festivals, debates, readings, benefits, and events at the 92nd Street Y Poetry Center. Mailer's speeches include his acceptance speech for the 1969 National Book Award and the 1995 spring commencement address at Wilkes University.

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Restrictions

Access:

Open for research

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Index Terms

People
Cameron, Angus (Donald Angus).
Lennon, Michael.
Mailer, Norman.
Document Types
Programs.
Screenplays.
Serials.
Typescripts.

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Separated Material

Audio cassettes, books, film (including original film prints for "Wild 90,"  "Maidstone," and "Beyond the Law"), and personal effects (including campaign buttons and a small section of "Vertical City" made from Lego Blocks) received with this collection were transferred to appropriate departments within the Ransom Center.

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Administrative Information

Acquisition:

Purchase, 2005 (Reg. no. 15385)

Processed by:

Hope Donovan Rider and Liz Murray, 2005

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Thomas Fiske Collection of Norman Mailer --Folder List

 

Series I. Works and Associated Material, 1942-1997

Beyond the Law (1968)
Box Folder
1 1 Film treatment, photocopy of uncorrected typescript, with notes by Jan Welt
Box Folder
* Lobby card and posters (*removed to oversize folder)
"A Calculus at Heaven" see "The Foundation"
Box Folder
1 2 Cannibals and Christians (1966), proof, Dial Press
The Deer Park: A Play (1967)
Box Folder
1 3 Playscript, no. 23, 1967
Box Folder
* Poster, Theatre de Lys, 1967 (*removed to oversize folder)
Box Folder
1 4 Programs, Theatre de Lys, 1967
5 Screenplay by Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne, undated
6 Dust jackets, various works
The Executioner's Song (novel, 1979)
Box Folder
1 7 Typescript
Box Folder
2 1-6 Typescript, cont'd
Box Folder
3 1-5 Typescript, cont'd
6 Publisher's press release packet
Screenplay drafts, 1981
Box Folder
4 1 Corrected second draft, 15 April
2 Feature draft, 1 August
3 Principal photography draft, 25 August
4 Shooting draft, 25 September
* Poster (*removed to oversize folder)
5 Production stills
6 "The Foundation," May 1942, Harvard class project, mimeographed (working version for the novella "A Calculus at Heaven" published in Cross-Section, 1944)
7 Gargoyle, Guignol, False Closet, broadside, extract from a correspondence, July 1964
8 The Gospel According to the Son (1997), uncorrected proof, with publisher's publicity
Harlot's Ghost (1991)
Box Folder
5 1 Printer's text block dummy
Box Folder
* Publicity (*cardboard display removed to oversize folder)
* "How Writers Write: Norman Mailer," poster, 1971 (*removed to oversize folder)
King Lear (1987), Godard film
Box Folder
* Poster (*removed to oversize folder)
Box Folder
5 2 Publicity material, including production stills
Box Folder
* "The Last Draft of The Deer Park," in Thomas McCormack (ed.), Afterwords, Novelists on Their Novels (1969), galleys (*removed to galley files)
* Maidstone (1970), film poster and lobby card (*removed to oversize folder)
* Poems, in Act IV Portfolio, 1966 (*photocopy removed to oversize folder)
Box Folder
5 3 The Prisoner of Sex (1971), unused handwritten page
4 Publicity material, various works
Box Folder
* Ragtime (1981), film poster (*removed to oversize folder)
Box Folder
5 5 "Rounding Camelot, 1958-1967," in A Century of Arts and Letters, typescript draft, 1996
6 Short pieces, excerpts
7-9 Strawhead, playscripts, 1986 and n.d.
Tough Guys Don't Dance, screenplay, 1986
Box Folder
6 1 First draft, 1 May
2 Draft, 23 August
3 Draft 4.2, 11 October
4 Draft 5, 28 October
Box Folder
* Poster (*removed to oversize folder)
Box Folder
6 5 Publicity packet, Cannon Films, with production stills
Box Folder
* Town Bloody Hall: A Dialogue on Women's Liberation (1979), documentary film poster (*removed to oversize folder)
Box Folder
6 6 The White Negro (1959), proof, City Lights Books
Why Are We in Vietnam? (1967)
Box Folder
6 7 Uncorrected proof
8 Play fragment
Wild 90 (1967)
Box Folder
6 9 Screenplay typescript with corrections and sound notations, 1967
Box Folder
* Poster and lobby card (*removed to oversize folder)
Box Folder
6 10 "You'll Come Back (You Always Do)," sheet music, words by Mailer, 1988

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Series II. Career-Related and Personal, 1935-2005

Box Folder
7 1 Articles by and about Mailer (see also serials in boxes 9-18 and oversize boxes 19-21)
2 Autograph book, Public School 161, New York City, with Mailer's handwritten entry, 1935
3 Correspondence, general, 1946-1996
4 Interviews for print and television, 1956-1997
Lennon, J. Michael
Box Folder
7 5 Norman Mailer's Letters on An American Dream, 1963-1969, unbound signatures, 2004
6 Works on Mailer
7* Mayoral campaign materials, 1969 (*campaign poster removed to oversize folder)
8-10 Monroe, Marilyn, 1974 calendars and datebooks
11 Personal papers related to National Service Life Insurance, 1947-1952
Photographs and portraiture
Box Folder
7 12 Photographs of Mailer, 1948-2000s
13 "Portrait of Norman Mailer," reproduction of a collage by Larry Rivers, 1998
14 Self portraits, Mailer drawings
Box Folder
8 1-4* Programs and print material related to public appearances, 1943-2005 (*oversize poster removed to oversize folder)
5 Speeches, typescripts
Box Folder
* Serials (*oversize removed to boxes 19-21)
Box
9 America and the Intellectuals - The Cornhill Magazine
Box
10 Cosmopolitan - Esquire
Box
11 Esquire, cont'd - George
Box
12 Harper's Magazine - Mediums
Box
13 Michigan Quarterly Review - Newsweek
Box
14 Nugget Magazine - Pharaon
Box
15 Playboy - Publishers Weekly
Box
16 Puritan - Stone Age
Box
17 Story - Vanity Fair
Box
18 Vanity Fair, cont'd - Writer's Digest
Box
19-21 Oversize

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