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Deaths for the Ladies (and Other Disasters). New York: Putnam’s, 30 March; simultaneously as a softcover; London: Deutsch, softcover only. Poems, 252 unnumbered pp., $4.

Republished with preface by Mailer. New York: New American Library, December 1971 (71.31). Dedication: “To Jean Campbell.” Rpt: In 72.7 and 82.19 (preface only). A number of these poems are reprinted in The Presidential Papers (63.37) and Cannibals and Christians (66.11); of particular interest is the reprinting of “The Harbors of the Moon” in 63.37, 84.17 and 98.7; and “Togetherness” in 98.7. See 62.5, 62.7, 64.2.



  • Macdonald, Dwight (August 1962). "Art, Life and Violence". Commentary. pp. 169–172. Mixed.
  • Rodman, Selden (July 8, 1962). "Fast Footwork, Low Blows, and Beating the Reader to the Punch". New York Times Book Review. p. 7. Positive.
  • Simmons, Charles (March 30, 1962). "Running Down". Time. p. 84. Negative. Rpt: 71.31.
  • Swenson, May (May 1962). "[Review of Deaths for the Ladies (and Other Disasters)]". Poetry. p. 118. Negative.


  • Adams, Laura (1976). Existential Battles: The Growth of Norman Mailer. Ohio UP. pp. 67–69. ISBN 0821401823.
  • Lee, Benjamin (2010). "Avant-Garde Poetry as Subcultural Practice: Mailer and Di Prima's Hipsters". New Literary History. 41 (autumn): 775–794.
  • Leeds, Barry H. (1969). The Structured Vision of Norman Mailer. New York: NYU Press. pp. 207–221. Rpt: Adams (1974).
  • Power, Kevin (2015). "Cures for Cancer: Norman Mailer's Deaths for the Ladies (and Other Disasters)". Mailer Review. 9: 2210–226.