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Letter to Pierre Brodin. In Présences: Contemporaines Écrivains Américains D’Aujourd’hui, by Pierre Brodin, 205. Paris: Les Nouvelles Éditions Debresse. Mailer answers Brodin’s query about his favorite French novels by saying that

He goes on to mention others: Gustave Flaubert, Emile Zola, André Gide, J.K. Huysmans, Charles Baudelaire, Jean-Paul Sartre and Georges Simenon, and “the largest single personal influence on my intellectual life has been my dear and old friend, Jean Malaquais.” Mailer’s letter is included in an appendix to this study of American writers. Rpt: 14.3.