The Deer Park. New York: Putnam’s, 14 October; London: Wingate, 1957. Novel, 375 pp., $4.
Republished with preface by Mailer and “Fourth Advertisement for Myself: The Last Draft of The Deer Park” from Advertisements for Myself (59.13). New York: Berkley, November 1976 (76.14). Dedication: “To Adele my wife and to Daniel Wolf my friend.” Discarded title: The Idol and the Octopus. The suppressed Rinehart version of this novel was to have been published 14 February. Six other publishers rejected it before Walter Minton of Putnam’s accepted it. The novel (first printing, 20,000) spent 15 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, climbing to number six on 20 November.
Rpt: 59.13 (three brief excerpts, six pp.); 98.7 (partial). See 55.5, 55.7, 56.17, 59.14, 67.13, 68.11, 89.6, and Thomas L. Bonn’s, Heavy Traffic and High Culture: New American Library as Literary Gatekeeper in the Cultural Revolution (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1989), for comment on the legal anxiety at NAL over publishing the softcover edition of DP. See also 13.2, 144-77.
|“||I had an idea of what I was going to do. I knew it was going to be a story about a most unhappy love. The problem was getting to the affair: I could hardly wait to reach it, especially because the early parts of the novel were so difficult to write. It is truly difficult to trap Hollywood in a novel. Only in the last draft did I finally get the setting the way I wanted it. I think now the setting is probably the best part. In fact I would judge that the first fifty pages of The Deer Park are the best writing I have ever done in fiction. But they were the hardest fifty pages of the book to write and certainly took the longest time.||”|
|— Norman Mailer, 64.1|
- Chase, Richard (1955). "Novelist Going Places". Commentary. pp. 581–583. Mixed.
- Cowley, Malcolm (October 23, 1955). "Mr. Mailer Tells a Tale of Love, Art, Corruption". New York Herald Tribune Booke Reviews. p. 5. Positive.
- Gill, Brendan (October 22, 1955). "Small Trumpet". New Yorker. pp. 173–175. Mixed. Rpt: Lennon (1986).
- Lindner, Robert (November 9, 1955). "Review of The Deer Park". Village Voice. Positive. See 56.9.
- "Love among the Love-Buckets". Time. October 17, 1955. pp. 122–124. Negative. Rpt: 59.13.
- Nichols, Dudley (December 5, 1955). "Secret Places of the Groin". Nation. pp. 393–396. Negative.
- "Norman Mailer's Despair". Newsweek. October 17, 1955. pp. 122–123. Positive. Rpt: 59.13.
- Balbert, Peter (2016). "From Lady Chatterley's Lover to The Deer Park: Marriage, Renewal, and the Dialectic of Erotic Risk". D.H. Lawrence and the Marriage Matrix. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. pp. 244–273. Rpt.: Mailer Review (2016).
- Foster, Richard (1968). "The Early Novels". Norman Mailer. University of Minnesota Pamphlets on American Writers. 73. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. pp. 13–19. Rpt: Lucid (1971); Seven American Literary Stylists: from Poe to Mailer, edited by George T. Wright, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1973; Bloom (1986).
- Gutman, Stanley T. (1975). "The Deer Park: An Ethic of Growth". Mankind in Barbary: The Individual and Society in the Novels of Norman Mailer. Hanover, NH: University Press of New England. pp. 45–65.
- Merrill, Robert (1992). "The Deer Park: The Rare Tenderness of Tragedy". Norman Mailer Revisited. New York: Twayne Publishers. pp. 31–60.
- Radford, Jean (1975). Norman Mailer: A Critical Study. New York: Harper & Row. pp. 19–27, 132–40.
- Rhodes, Chip (2010). "Hollywood Fictions". Cambridge Companion to the Literature of Los Angeles. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 135–144.
- Spatz, Jonas (1968). Hollywood in Fiction: Some Versions of the American Myth. The Hague: Mouton. pp. 167–132.
- Wild, Peter (2011). 'The Deer Park'. Paradise of Desire: Eleven Palm Springs Novels. Estate of Peter Wild. pp. 81–92.