Norman Mailer: Works and Days/Bibliography/First Editions

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Most of these first editions also include bibliographies of reviews and essays. Many of the following contain a bibliography of reviews and/or critical articles.

The reviews were chosen because of:

  1. representative quality;
  2. intrinsic interest;
  3. reviewer's reputation and/or relationship with Mailer; or
  4. subsequent comment by Mailer.

Obviously, some reviews meet more than one criteria. The essays, which focus almost exclusively on one book and were written years or decades later, were chosen for their cogency and contextual merits. Each are divided according to work. Abbreviations that were not included in Lennon (2008a) or Adams (1974) are new to this project; these abbreviations will be used throughout.

Title[a] Abbr.[b] Publication Info Year Type Entry[c]
The Naked and the Dead * NAD New York: Rinehart 1948 novel 48.2
Barbary Shore * BS New York: Rinehart 1951 novel 51.1
The Deer Park * DP New York: Putnam 1955 novel 55.4
The White Negro: Superficial Reflections on the Hipster WN San Francisco: City Lights Books 1959[d] essay 59.8a ‡ ∞
Advertisements for Myself AFM New York: Putnam 1959 miscellany 59.13
Deaths for the Ladies (and Other Disasters) DFL New York: Putnam 1962 poetry 62.3
The Presidential Papers PP New York: Putnam 1963 miscellany 63.37
An American Dream * AAD New York: Dial 1965 novel 65.7 ‡ ∞
Cannibals and Christians CAC New York: Dial 1966 miscellany 66.11
The Short Fiction of Norman Mailer SFNM[e] New York: Dell 1967 collection 67.11
The Deer Park: A Play New York: Dial 1967 play 67.13
Why Are We in Vietnam? WWVN[f] New York: Putnam 1967 novel 67.15
The Bullfight: A Photographic Narrative with Text by Norman Mailer BF New York: Macmillan 1967 essay 67.20
The Armies of the Night: History as a Novel, the Novel as History AON New York: New American Library 1968 nonfiction narrative 68.8
The Idol and the Octopus: Political Writings on the Kennedy and Johnson Administrations IO New York: Dell 1968 miscellany 68.11
Miami and the Siege of Chicago: An Informal History of the Republican and Democratic Conventions of 1968 MSC New York: New American Library 1968 nonfiction narrative 68.25
Of a Fire on the Moon OFM Boston: Little, Brown 1971 nonfiction narrative 71.1
King of the Hill: Norman Mailer on the Fight of the Century KH New York: New American Library 1971 nonfiction narrative 71.15
The Prisoner of Sex POS Boston: Little, Brown 1971 essay 71.20
Maidstone: A Mystery MM New York: New American Library 1971 screenplay 71.28
The Long Patrol: 25 Years of Writing from the Work of Norman Mailer LP New York: World 1971 collection 71.29
Existential Errands EE Boston: Little, Brown 1972 miscellany 72.7
St. George and the Godfather SGG New York: New American Library 1972 nonfiction narrative 72.17
Marilyn: A Biography; Pictures by the World's Foremost Photographers * MAR New York: Grosset & Dunlap 1973 biography 73.30
The Faith of Graffiti FOG New York: Praeger 1974 essay 74.9
The Fight FIG Boston: Little, Brown 1975 nonfiction narrative 75.12
Some Honorable Men: Political Conventions, 1960-1972 SHM Boston: Little, Brown 1976 anthology 76.5
Genius and Lust: A Journey through the Major Writings of Henry Miller GAL New York: Grove 1976 essay 76.12
A Transit to Narcissus TTN New York: Howard Fertig 1978 novel 78.2
The Executioner's Song * ES Boston: Little, Brown 1979 nonfiction narrative 79.14
Of Women and Their Elegance OWE New York: Simon & Schuster 1980 novel 80.15
Pieces and Pontifications PAP Boston: Little, Brown 1982 miscellany 82.16
Ancient Evenings * AE Boston: Little, Brown 1983 novel 83.18
Tough Guys Don't Dance * TGD New York: Random House 1984 novel 84.17
Conversations with Norman Mailer CNM Jackson: University Press of Mississippi 1988 collection 88.6
Harlot's Ghost * HG New York: Random House 1991 novel 91.26
Oswald's Tale: An American Mystery OT New York: Random House 1995 nonfiction narrative 95.16
Portrait of Picasso as a Young Man: An Interpretive Biography POP New York: Atlantic Monthly Press 1995 biography 95.38
The Gospel According to the Son * GAS New York: Random House 1997 novel 97.13
The Time of Our Time TOOT[g] New York: Random House 1998 anthology 98.7
The Spooky Art: Thoughts on Writing SA New York: Random House 2003 miscellany 03.7
Modest Gifts: Poems and Drawings MG New York: Random House 2003 poetry 03.17
Why Are We at War? WWW New York: Random House 2003 essay 03.18
Norman Mailer's Letters on An American Dream, 1963-1969 LAD Shavertown, PA: Sligo Press 2004 letters 04.7
The Big Empty: Dialogues on Politics, Sex, God, Boxing, Morality, Myth, Poker and Bad Conscience in America BE New York: Nation Books 2006 conversations 06.2
The Castle in the Forest * CIF New York: Random House 2007 novel 07.10
On God: An Uncommon Conversation OG New York: Random House 2007 conversations 07.39
Mind of an Outlaw: Selected Essays of Norman Mailer MO New York: Random House 2013 collection 13.1
The Selected Letters of Norman Mailer SLNM New York: Random House 2014 letters 14.3
Norman Mailer: Four Books of the 1960s New York: Library of America 2018 collection
Norman Mailer: Collected Essays of the 1960s New York: Library of America 2018 collection
Lipton's, A Marijuana Journal: 1954-1955 New York: Arcade 2024 journal



  1. * indicates a best seller. See Lennon (2008).
  2. From Lennon (2008a, pp. 518–519) unless otherwise noted.
  3. ‡ indicates the entry contains a bibliography of reviews and/or critical articles; ∞ indicates expanded entries.
  4. This date is often listed as 1957 or 1958 (e.g. Adams (1974, p. 1) and Lennon (1986, p. 219) list 1957), but as Lennon & Lennon (2018, p. 29) explain, the City Lights publication is followed by the 1958 "Reflections on Hipsterism", so earlier than 1959 is unlikely.
  5. Abbreviated SF in Adams (1974, p. 4, passim).
  6. According to Lennon (2008a), sometimes abbreviated as WVN.
  7. According to Lennon (2008a), sometimes abbreviated as TOT.

Works Cited

  • Adams, Laura (1974). Norman Mailer: A Comprehensive Bibliography. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow.
  • Barringer, Felicity (March 1, 1999). "Journalism's Greatest Hits: Two Lists of a Century's Top Stories". New York Times. Media. Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  • Lennon, J. Michael (2016). "A Note on 'The Collision,' Norman Mailer's First Short Story". The Mailer Review. 10 (1): 10–11.
  • — (2008a). "Abbreviations of Books By and About Norman Mailer". The Mailer Review. 2 (1): 518–519.
  • —, ed. (1988). Conversations with Norman Mailer. Literary Conversations. Jackson and London: University Press of Mississippi.
  • — (1986). "Norman Mailer". In Martine, James J. Contemporary Authors: American Novelists. Bibliographical Series. 1. Detroit, MI: Bruccoli Clark. pp. 219–260.
  • — (2013). Norman Mailer: A Double Life. New York: Simon and Schuster.
  • — (2008). "Norman Mailer’s Best Sellers". The Mailer Review. 2 (1): 270–271.
  • — (2008b). "Norman Mailer, First Editions". The Mailer Review. 2 (1): 515–517.
  • —; Lennon, Donna Pedro (2018). Lucas, Gerald R., ed. Norman Mailer: Works and Days (Revised, Expanded ed.). Atlanta, GA: The Norman Mailer Society. ISBN 978-1-7326519-0-6.
  • Lucid, Robert (1974). Introduction. Norman Mailer: A Comprehensive Bibliography. By Adams, Laura. Metuchen, NJ: The Scarecrow Press. pp. xi–xv.
  • Rollyson, Carl (1991). The Lives of Norman Mailer. New York: Paragon House. ISBN 1557781931.