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“Mailer Goes Egyptian.” Article-interview by Marie Brenner. New York, 28 March, 28–38. Long, sympathetic portrait of Mailer replete with revealing comments garnered during visits to his Brooklyn Heights apartment. His wife, Norris Church Mailer, is also quoted. Topics covered at length: Ancient Evenings (83.18); his parents (“my father was an elegant, impoverished figure out of Chekov”); his Jewishness; an extended description of how he met Norris; other writers, including Lillian Ross, William Styron, John Updike and Ernest Hemingway; the 1981–1982 Jack Abbott affair; and many remarks on the challenges of being a professional writer.

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