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“Little, Brown Loses Mailer to Random House.” Article-interview by Robert Taylor. Boston Globe, 3 August, 57, 62. Scott Meredith explains why Mailer is leaving Little, Brown, and that his next book may be a novel titled, The Castle in the Forest. “It’s about an American army outfit coming upon a castle the Germans had been using as a concentration camp in World War II. The leading characters are an American Jewish doctor and a German doctor who confront each other and clash over contending philosophies.” This novel was begun by Mailer in the early 1950s, and abandoned; later he used the title for his final novel (07.10) about Hitler, retaining the confrontation, slightly altered, as the epilogue.