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“Postwar Paris: Chronicles of Literary Life.” Paris Review, no. 150 (spring), 266–312. Twenty-one individuals reflect on Paris after WWI in this evocative symposium, including Evan S. Connell, Kaylie Jones, Rick Bass, Mary Lee Settle, Peter Matthiessen, George Plimpton, and James Dickey. The piece leads off with the comments of Mailer, Richard Wilbur, and Mailer scholar, Robert F. Lucid, an edited transcript of their conversation about Paris at an event honoring Lucid’s retirement from the University of Pennsylvania in September 1996. Mailer’s reminiscences deal with the mood of Paris in 1947, the writers he met there and the 1948 presidential campaign, in which Mailer made speeches for Henry Wallace, the Progressive Party candidate.