Edmund Skellings, November 26, 1963

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142 Columbia Heights
Brooklyn 1, New York
November 26, 1963

Dear Ed,[1]

This is just a note because I have to start tomorrow on the third installment of the novel I’m doing in serial for Esquire so I’m trying to drive the bulldozer through my mail.

I can’t answer your questions the way they should be answered—I did however send your manuscript to Walter Minton yesterday, who’s my publisher at G. P. Putnam’s Sons, and told him that you were interested in rewriting it. So let’s see what happens there.

Best for now,
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  1. Skellings, then a professor at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and an admirer of Mailer’s work, met Mailer at an Esquire symposium at the University of Iowa in December 1958. He saw Mailer again when Mailer visited Alaska in early April 1965; Mailer drew on his impressions of the visit for his 1967 novel, Why Are We in Vietnam? Mailer turned in the third installment shortly after the first one appeared in Esquire in mid-December.