71.22

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Letter to the editor. New York Times Book Review, 13 June, 2. Mailer takes issue with Brigid Brophy, who questioned his use of the word “rendered” in the phrase “politics rendered every pride” in her 23 May review of The Prisoner of Sex (71.20). Brophy concludes that it is a malapropism and that Mailer meant to use “surrendered” or “rent.” Mailer correctly defines the word as “that process where fat heated upon a fire is returned to oil and clarified of its impurities.” Rpt: As “To the New York Times Book Review” in 72.7, 82.19, and in 14.3. In both reprintings an incorrect publication date in the Book Review of 20 June is given in the acknowledgments.