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Existential Errands. Boston: Little, Brown, 17 April; Sevenoaks, Kent: New English Library, August 1982. Miscellany, 365 pp., $7.95.

The British edition combines 72.7 with The Short Fiction of Norman Mailer (67.11) under the title The Essential Mailer (82.19).

Dedication: “To Barbara, to Susan, to Adeline, and to Al.” Rpt: 98.7 (partial).

Of the six books named above all but The Deer Park: A Play were nominated for a National Book Award in four different categories. The Armies of the Night won for arts and letters, and a Pulitzer Prize in general nonfiction as well.


  1. 67.13
  2. 67.15
  3. 68.8
  4. 68.25
  5. 71.1
  6. 71.20
  7. Wild 90, Beyond the Law and Maidstone


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  • Buchanan, Cynthia (April 16, 1972). "We Read Mailer because He Is Our Genius". New York Times Book Review. pp. 27–28. Retrieved 2018-12-18. Positive.
  • Edwards, Thomas (June 15, 1972). "Keeping Up with Mailer". New York Review of Books. pp. 21–22. Retrieved 2018-12-18. Mixed.
  • Lask, Thomas (May 5, 1972). "Review of Existential Errands". New York Times. p. 38. Retrieved 2018-12-18. Mixed.
  • Maloff, Saul (June 30, 1972). "Review of Existential Errands". Commonweal. p. 361. Mixed.
  • Oberbeck, S. K. (April 30, 1972). "Like an Ahab Hunting Many Whales". Washington Post Book World. p. 5.


  • Adams, Laura (1977). Existential Battles: the Growth of Norman Mailer. Athens: Ohio UP. pp. 169–171.
  • Radford, Jean (1975). Norman Mailer: A Critical Study. London; Basingstoke: Macmillan Press. pp. 170–175.