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Preface to The Deer Park. New York: Berkley, November, softcover, v. This preface is only 250 words in length because Mailer had his say in “Fourth Advertisement for Myself: The Last Draft of The Deer Park,” which he reprints from Advertisements for Myself (59.13) after the text in this edition. Mailer does add in the preface that the novel “is I think of all my novels the one which shows the fewest signs of the work which went into it, and I like it that way.” The first edition of The Deer Park (55.4) has no preface.