From 25 to 27 March he attends and speaks at the Cultural and Scientific Conference for World Peace (Waldorf Conference) in New York, which is attacked as a Communist front in Life magazine (4 April). Meets Dwight Macdonald, Mary McCarthy and Robert Lowell at the conference.
In June, the Mailers move to Hollywood, where they are joined by Jean and Galy Malaquais.
Finishes first draft of Barbary Shore.
Mailer and Malaquais work unsuccessfully on scripts for Samuel Goldwyn, who Mailer admires.
Meets Lois Mayfield Wilson, with whom he has long, intimate relationship, although he sees her only once or twice a year.