Norman Mailer Society

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Devoted to the Legacy of Norman Mailer

The Norman Mailer Society, a non-profit organization, was founded in 2003 to celebrate Norman Mailer, author of 40 books and the chronicler of the American Century. It has approximately 300 members and meets annually for three days for panels, papers, films and informal discussion about the life, work and reputation of the late Mr. Mailer.

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Since 2003, the Norman Mailer Society has been dedicated to safeguarding and promoting the legacy of author Norman Mailer.


All people, professionals to enthusiasts, are encouraged to join the Norman Mailer Society and support our endeavors.


The Norman Mailer Society holds an annual conference. Activities include paper presentations, panel discussions, viewings of films, social events, and more.

Robert F. Lucid Award

The Robert F. Lucid Award for Mailer Studies was established in 2003 in recognition of Professor Lucid’s long and distinguished career as a Mailer scholar-critic.

  • 2019-06-19: From The Geek Herald: NASA Moon landing: These are the Apollo 11 secrets no-one ever told you about . . . except of course that Mailer did: “[O]nly a few individuals knew the secret of the mission. Journalist and American author Norman Mailer has unveiled some lesser known facts about the mission in his book titled Moonfire: The Epic Journey of Apollo 11.”
  • 2019-06-18: Another report on the mayoral campaign from Patch: “Norman Mailer And Jimmy Breslin Ran To Win In 1969; They Didn't.”
  • 2019-06-16: The Washington Post recalls Mailer’s run for mayor in 1969: “He and running mate Jimmy Breslin were entertaining but ineffective.” See “F-bombs and insults: Norman Mailer’s epic run for mayor of New York in 1969.”
  • 2019-05-24: Via the New York Post, “Esquire editor-in-chief Jay Fielden to step down.” The magazine, now 86 years old, has been owned by Hearst since 1986. During its heyday from 1961 to 1973 under legendary editor Harold Hayes, it was renowned for both discovering young up-and-coming writers and publishing some of the greatest names in letters — from Ernest Hemingway to Norman Mailer and Tom Wolfe.
  • 2019-05-11: According to Mental Floss, “Norman Mailer's MoonFire: The Epic Journey of Apollo 11 Is Getting a Special 50th Anniversary Release from TASCHEN.” This new volume arrives just before the 50th anniversary of Of a Fire on the Moon.
  • 2019-05-10: Via GoErie: “Author Norman Mailer, who had previously pleaded guilty to 3rd degree assault in the stabbing of his wife, Adele Morales, leaves general sessions courtroom May 10, 1961 after Judge Mitchell D. Schweitzer put off sentencing until November 13, 1961. Mailer is accompanied by court officer Pat Gormley, at left in rear. Mailer was countinued in $2,500 bail, and ordered to report at intervals to the probation department. In putting off sentencing, Judge Schweitzer hinted that if Mailer behaved himself he might receive a suspended sentence.” See photo 5.
  • 2019-05-09: At David M. Hunt Library in Falls Village, Danielle Mailer exhibits colorful, intricate works. Her exhibit “Magical Reality: New Works” (Saturday, May 18 from 4 to 6 p.m.) will include the artist’s distinctive narrative-themed paintings featuring bright and bold colors and intricate designs.
  • 2019-05-05: Fifty years ago today the Pulitzer Prize was awarded to Mailer for his “nonfiction novel” Armies of the Night, an account of the 1967 anti-Vietnam War march on the Pentagon. (Via History Net.)
  • 2019-04-27: In “One giant leap for mankind: 50 years on, the epic journey of Apollo 11,” Taschen writes “When three astronauts accomplished the first moon landing half a century ago, science fiction became reality. Their achievement, and the decade of work that made it possible, is recalled in a 50th anniversary edition of Norman Mailer’s classic book Of a Fire on the Moon. In Independent
  • 2019-04-25: MGA Graduate Students Publish Digital Humanities Project About Norman Mailer. Students in Dr. Gerald Lucas’s graduate course, “Writing and Publishing in Digital Environments,” helped construct a digital humanities project, “An American Dream Expanded”, published on Project Mailer, part of the Norman Mailer Society.
  • 2019-04-13: In “The Fight (1975) by Norman Mailer: Feel the punch of a heavyweight,” Rob Doyle argues that “Mailer is no ‘bad joke’ – he writes with a reckless candour foreign to today’s nice guys.” Thanks, Rob! In The Irish Times
  • 2019-04-05: The Village Voice has published “Norman Mailer Runs for Mayor” from their archives. Joe Flaherty writes: “As radical as the program sounded, it made complete sense to me, and I also realized there wasn’t a politician in New York who would dare run on such ideas. Mailer was now my man.”
  • 2019-03-22: Emily Temple of LitHub shows that Mailer’s career spanned 59 years, just shy of Borges’ 62.
  • 2019-03-18: Call for Proposals: 17th Annual Norman Mailer Conference
  • 2019-03-16: Call for Submissions: The Norman Mailer Society Graduate Writing Award
  • 2019-02-05: 2019 Membership Drive: We begin our annual Norman Mailer Society Membership Drive
  • 2019-01-26: The Washington Post reports that Diana Athill, one-time Mailer editor, dies. She was 101.
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