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Oswald’s Tale: An American Mystery. New York: Random House, 12 May; London: Little, Brown, 7 September. Nonfiction narrative, 828 pp., $30.

A signed, leather-bound “limited first edition” appeared simultaneously carrying a two-page preface, “A Special Message for the First Edition from Norman Mailer.” Franklin Center, Pa.: Franklin Library, $75.

Dedication: “To Norris, my wife, for this book and for the other seven that have been written through these warm years, these warm twenty years we have been together.”


Rpt: A lengthy advance excerpt appeared in New Yorker (95.8), a shorter one in New York Review of Books (95.15), and, shortly after publication, another brief one in Parade (95.17); eight excerpts are reprinted in The Time of Our Time (98.7). See 83.58, 93.8, 1995 entries, 96.2, 97.26.



  • Aldridge, John W. (May 1995). "Documents as Narrative". Atlantic. pp. 120–125. Mixed.
  • Amis, Martin (September 10, 1995). "Fatally Flawed". Times. (London). pp. 1–2. Positive.
  • Berman, Paul (July 17–24, 1995). "The Mailer Commission". New Republic. pp. 46–51. Positive.
  • Holt, Patricia (April 30, 1995). "Who Was Lee Harvey Oswald?". San Francisco Chronicle. p. 1. Negative.
  • Kakutani, Michiko (April 25, 1995). "Oswald and Mailer: The Eternal Basic Questions". New York Times. Sec. C, 19. Negative. See 95.36.
  • Massie, Allan (July 2, 1995). "The Road from Minsk to Dallas". Daily Telepragh. (London). Positive.
  • O’Hagan, Andrew (December 15, 1995). "Oswaldworld". London Review of Books. pp. 7–9. Positive.
  • Stone, Robert (June 22, 1995). "The Loser’s Loser". New York Review of Books. pp. 7–10. Positive.
  • Vollmann, William T. (May 16, 1995). "The Gathering Storm". Village Voice. p. 83. Mixed.