Charles Schultz, February 17, 1964

142 Columbia Heights
Brooklyn 1, New York
February 17, 1964

Dear Mr. Schultz,[1]

Normally I think I would want to say yes to your invitation for the Forum, but since it falls on March 12, which is three days after I’ll be handing in my next installment[2] of my novel to Esquire, I can know to a certainty that it will be impossible to prepare anything for the Forum or even think constructively in advance about what I would like to say and what my ideas might really be. So for that reason, most regretfully, I’m afraid I must decline.

Yours sincerely,
Norman Mailer
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  1. Schultz was an official with the New York chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences who invited Mailer to take part in a forum discussion.
  2. The sixth installment of AAD.