This section contains many items that arguably could be better placed with the critical materials. Their location is an attempt to identify key references to the worlds (and demimondes) Mailer has moved in, sometimes with reference to him, sometimes not. This section is far from exhaustive and is more a reflection of our Mailer library than any comprehensive plan.
Anderson, Elliott; Kinzie, Mary (1978). The Little Magazine in America: A Modern Documentary History. Yonkers, NY: Pushcart Press. Forty-two chapters on the great literary magazines and Peter Martin's detailed, annotated bibliography of 85 of them, including Big Table, Evergreen Review, Fuck You, New American Review, Paris Review, Partisan Review and Story. Definitive.
Beach, Joseph Warren (1941). American Fiction: 1920-1940. New York: Macmillan. Classic study of eight writers—John Dos Passos, William Faulkner, Erskine Caldwell, John P. Marquand, Ernest Hemingway, Thomas Wolfe, James T. Farrell and John Steinbeck—which Mailer “devoured” in college, as he explains in “Last Advertisement for Myself before the Way Out” in 59.13.
Bloom, Alexander (1986). Prodigal Sons: The New York Intellectuals and Their World. New York: Oxford University Press. Standard work on the subject.
Bowers, John (1971). The Colony. New York: E. P. Dutton. Memoir of James Jones’s writing colony in Illinois, including Mailer’s 1954 visit.
Bradbury, Malcolm (1992). The Modern American Novel (Revised ed.). New York: Viking. Balanced and insightful overview of the American novel from the 1890s to the 1990s.
Cawelti, John G. (1977). "The Writer as a Celebrity: Some Aspects of American Literature as Popular Culture". Studies in American Fiction. 5 (spring): 161–174. Careful, detached discussion of celebrity and fame in the careers of nineteenth and twentieth century American writers, including Poe, James, Hemingway and Mailer.
Charters, Ann, ed. (1992). The Portable Beat Reader. New York: Viking Penguin. Perhaps the best collection of the work of the Beat writers, including Jack Kerouac, Allan Ginsberg, William Burroughs, John Clellon Holmes and many others. Mailer’s “The White Negro” (57.1) is included.
Cox, James M. (1971). "Autobiography and America". In Miller, J. Hillis. Aspects of America: Selected Papers from the English Institute. New York: Columbia University Press. pp. 143–172. Lucid discussion of the forebears of Mailer and other 1960s autobiographical-political writers: Ben Franklin, Henry David Thoreau and Henry Adams.
De Grazia, Edward (1992). Girls Lean Back Everywhere: The Law of Obscenity and the Assault on Genius. New York: Random House. Comprehensive account of the century-long struggle against censorship. See 92.12.
Eisinger, Chester E. (1963). Fiction of the Forties. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Survey of the emotional temper of the decade with extended discussions of Mailer, Budd Schulberg, Irwin Shaw, John Dos Passos, Mary McCarthy, Truman Capote, Saul Bellow, Nelson Algren, Lionel Trilling and others.
Feldman, Gene; Gartenberg, Marx, eds. (1958). The Beat Generation and the Angry Young Men. Secaucus, NJ: Citadel Press. First anthology of the Beat writers and first to reprint “The White Negro” (57.1).
Fiedler, Leslie A. (1964). Waiting for the End. New York: Stein and Day. Essays on the shift in the U.S. from “a whiskey culture to a drug culture.”
Girgus, Sam B. (1984). The New Covenant: Jewish Writers and the American Idea. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press. Historical overview of Jewish writers and American culture, with close readings; Mailer and Abraham Cahan are the key figures.
Hellman, John (1986). American Myth and the Legacy of Vietnam. New York: Columbia University Press. Examination of the reflection of the Vietnam War in American history, literature, film and popular culture. Mailer’s Why Are We in Vietnam? (67.15) is discussed.
Hoffman, Abbie (1989). Simon, Daniel; Hoffman, Abbie, eds. The Best of Abbie Hoffman. New York: Four Walls Eight Windows. Mailer provided an introduction to this collection of the writings of the mad genius of the counterculture. See 80.26.
Holmes, John Clellon (1988). Passionate Opinions: The Cultural Essays. Fayetteville, AK: University of Arkansas Press. Essays on the Beat writers by their unofficial scribe.
Johnson, Michael L. (1971). The New Journalism: The Underground Press, the Artists of Nonfiction, and Changes in the Established Media. Lawrence: University of Kansas Press. Rpt: Partial in Adams (1974). Pioneering study.
Jumonville, Neil (1991). Critical Crossings: The New York Intellectuals in Postwar America. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press. The debates and dilemmas of the cultural elites. Fine opening chapter on the 1949 Waldorf conference.
Klein, Holger, ed. (1984). The Second World War in Fiction. London: Macmillan. Contains chapters on the U.S., Britain, France, Germany, the Soviet Union and Japan. The Naked and the Dead (48.2) is given careful analysis, especially the “uneasy” liberalism of Lt. Hearn.
Klein, Marcus, ed. (1969). The American Novel since World War II. New York: Fawcett. One of the best collections on this topic to date. Includes Mailer’s 1965 address to the Modern Language Association. See 66.5.
Lois, George (1996). Covering the 60s: George Lois, the “Esquire” Era. New York: Monacelli Press. Full reproduction of 70 of George Lois’s covers for Esquire in the 1960s and 1970s, with commentary. See 71.27.
Macdonald, Dwight (1957). The Memoirs of a Revolutionist: Essays in Political Criticism. New York: Farrar, Strauss and Cudahy. Political essays and reports by an iconoclastic critic, including a memoir of Macdonald’s debate on Russia with Mailer at Mt. Holyoke College in the winter of 1952. See 60.8, 83.57.
Madden, David, ed. (1970). American Dreams, American Nightmares. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press. Nineteen original critical essays on fiction dealing with dream and nightmare themes, including Ihab Hassan’s essay on Why Are We in Vietnam? (67.15).
Malin, Irving, ed. (1973). Contemporary American-Jewish Literature. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. One of the best collections on these writers, including both general essays and individual appreciations of Mailer, Saul Bellow, Lionel Trilling, I.B. Singer, Leslie Fiedler and others, with an extensive bibliography.
McAuliffe, Kevin Michael (1978). The Great American Newspaper: The Rise and Fall of "The Village Voice". New York: Scribner's. Standard history.
McDarrah, Fred W., ed. (1984). Kerouac and Friends: A Beat Generation Album. New York: William Morrow. Collection of key historical articles and essays on the Beat movement by a veteran Village Voice photographer, with 190 of his photographs.
Manand, Louis (January 5, 2009). "It Took a Village". The New Yorker. A history of The Village Voice, Mailer's discovery of his talent for journalism. Also includes a background on Mailer's relationship with Jean Malaquais and Dan Wolf.
Millett, Kate (2016) . "Norman Mailer". Sexual Politics. New York: Columbia University Press. pp. 314–335. Feminist critique of Mailer, D.H. Lawrence, Sigmund Freud, Henry Miller and others. Mailer responded in The Prisoner of Sex (71.20).
Panichas, George A., ed. (1971). The Politics of Twentieth-Century Novelists. New York: Hawthorn Books. Essays on British, continental and American novelists, including Mailer, with an important introduction by John W. Aldridge.
Podhoretz, Norman, ed. (1966). The Commentary Reader: Two Decades of Articles and Stories. New York: Atheneum. Contains Alfred Kazin’s important introduction, “The Jew as Modern American Writer,” and many other significant essays. See 62.22, 68.4.
Rader, Dotson (1973). Blood Dues. New York: Knopf. Memoir of the counterculture in the 1960s, including the rise and fall of the SDS. See 72.18.
Rahv, Philip (1978). Porter, Arabel; Dvosin, Andrew J., eds. Essays on Literature and Politics, 1932-1972. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. Contains the most important essays of Rahv, a long-time editor of Partisan Review, including those from his influential 1949 collection, Image and Idea, and his review of An American Dream (65.7).
Tabbi, Joseph (1995). Postmodern Sublime: Technology and American Writing from Mailer to Cyberpunk. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. Ambivalent attitudes to technology in the writings of Mailer, Don DeLillo and Joseph McElroy.
Tanner, Tony (1971). City of Words: American Fiction, 1950-1970. New York: Harper and Row. The finest twentieth-century British critic of American fiction examines the work of 25 novelists, including Ralph Ellison, Thomas Pynchon, Susan Sontag, Ken Kesey, Philip Roth and Saul Bellow. His chapter on Mailer, “On the Parapet,” is unlikely to be surpassed. Rpt: Partial in Adams (1974), Bloom (1986).
Vogelgesang, Sandy (1974). The Long Dark Night of the Soul: The American Intellectual Left and the Vietnam War. New York: Harper and Row. Early and excellent overview of the New Left’s involvement in the anti-war movement, including Mailer’s.
Wakefield, Dan (1992). New York in the Fifties. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. New York City during the decade in which American society began its transmogrification.
Weber, Ronald, ed. (1974). The Reporter as Artist: A Look at the New Journalism Controversy. New York: Hastings House. Early and valuable anthology of 26 reprinted pieces that debate the New Journalism.
Wolfe, Tom (1973). Wolfe, Tom; Johnson, E. W., eds. The New Journalism, with an Anthology. New York: Harper and Row. The editors’ selections are as important as Wolfe’s apology for literary journalism and his attack on the contemporary novel.