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Of a Fire on the Moon. Boston: Little, Brown, 11 January; London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 3 September, with a different title: A Fire on the Moon. Nonfiction narrative, 472 pp., $7.95.

Dedication: “For Susan, for Dandy, for Betsey [sic] and Kate, for Michael and Stephen Mailer.” Because both the American and British editions carry a 1970 copyright date, and advance excerpts appeared in 1969 and 1970, there has been confusion about the precedence of these editions, and the actual dates of publication, which are as stated above. Nominated for the National Book Award in the sciences category. Rpt: Mailer’s three-part series in Life on the 1969 moon shot (69.81, 69.83, 70.1) was incorporated, with major revisions, into Of a Fire on the Moon; 98.7 (partial). See 69.34, 72.7.



  • Bell, Pearl K. (February 8, 1971). "The Power and the Vainglory". New Leader. pp. 16–17. Negative.
  • DeMott, Benjamin (January 16, 1971). "Inside Apollo 11 with Aquarius Mailer". Saturday Review. pp. 25–27, 57–58. Mixed. See 71.8.
  • Dickstein, Morris (January 10, 1971). "A Trip to Inner and Outer Space". New York Times Book Review. pp. 1, 42–43, 45. Retrieved 2018-12-18. Positive.
  • Parker, James (July 2019). "A Work of Art Designed by the Devil". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2019-10-17. Dispatched by Life magazine to cover the Apollo 11 mission, Norman Mailer saw the lunar landing not as a triumph for mankind but as evidence of our hubris. Positive.
  • Poirier, Richard (January 23, 1971). "Ups and Downs of Mailer". New Republic. pp. 23–26. Mixed. Rpt: Braudy (1972); partial in Poirier (1972).
  • Sisk, John P. (May 1971). "Aquarius Rising". Commentary. pp. 83–84. Positive.


  • DePolo, Nicole (2012). "A Philosophical Launch: Of a Fire on the Moon Ignites into Moonfire". Mailer Review. 6: 275–287.
  • Glenday, Michael (2015). "Fly Boys and Angels: Mailer on the Moon". Mailer Review. 9: 119–132.
  • Kernan, Alvin B. (1982). "The Taking of the Moon: The Struggle of the Poetic and Scientific Myth in Norman Mailer's Of a Fire on the Moon". The Imaginary Library: An Essay on Literature and Society. Princeton: Princeton University Press. pp. 130–161. Rpt: Bloom (1986).
  • McCann, Colum (2010). "Introduction". In Lennon, J. Michael. Norman Mailer’s Moonfire: The Epic Journey of Apollo. Los Angeles: Taschen. pp. 11–16. Conceived by Lawrence Schiller, Art Direction, Nina Wiener. Oversize, with hundreds of photographs.
  • Solotaroff, Robert (1973). Down Mailer's Way. Urbana; London: University of Illinois Press.
  • Tabbi, Joseph (1995). "Mailer's Psychology of Machines: Of a Fire on the Moon". Postmodern Sublime: Technology and American Writing from Mailer to Cyberpunk. Ithaca: Cornell University Press. p. 30–50.
  • Werge, Thomas (October 1972). "An Apocalyptic Voyage: God, Satan, and the America Tradition in Norman Mailer's Of a Fire on the Moon". Review of Politics: 108–128. Rpt: America in Change, edited by R.E. Weber. South Bend: University of Notre Dame Press, 1972.