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“Mailer Likes That Dangling Participle in His New Novel.” Article by unidentified writer. (Illinois) State Journal-Register, 26 October, 2. After quoting the first sentence of Harlot’s Ghost (91.26), this article gives Mailer’s faxed response to criticism of it in a 25 October Associated Press story in the paper. The sentence reads: “On a late winter evening in 1983, while driving through fog along the Maine coast, recollections of old campfires began to drift into the March mist, and I thought of the Algonquin tribe who dwelt near Bangor a thousand years ago.” In reply, Mailer says:

Grammarians may legitimately disagree on whether this is a bonafide dangling participle.