MAILER, Norman (b. 1923). Eleven typed letters signed (''Norman Mailer'' and ''Norman'') and one signed by his secretary to A.C. Spectorsky (6), Hugh Hefner (5) and ''Mr. Payne'' (1), mostly Brookyln, New York, 1962-1962. Together 12 pages, 4to.
MAILER, Norman (b. 1923). Eleven typed letters signed ("Norman Mailer" and "Norman") and one signed by his secretary to A.C. Spectorsky (6), Hugh Hefner (5) and "Mr. Payne" (1), mostly Brookyln, New York, 1962-1962. Together 12 pages, 4to.
10 August 1962: "..one's best writing comes out of a certain secrecy of intention. To expose all before sitting down at the typewriter or to discuss an essay and lay out the ground cooperatively tends to rob a style of its more curious flavour."
10 October 1962: "I'm perfectly happy to write you a personal letter about Annie Fanny for you to show to the ad-men or any other disgruntled parties, and in fact I'm enclosing one here, but I am fixed to the notion that I want to give blurbs in print to very few things. I think you can understand if I say that I resist giving blurbs to many novels which are good because I feel they're finally not good enough. So I would feel funny touting Annie. She's great, but she's not in my public province. I mean like who cares if Norman Mailer likes Annie Fanny?"
10 October 1962: "Just a note to tell you that Annie Fanny is a wonderfully sweet and funny comic strip. I was struck at how much nudity could be shown with no effect of bad taste."
MAILER, Norman. "The Executioner's Song". Xerox copies from published galleys of the three installments of the story that appeared in Playboy, October, November, and December 1979. First installment 66 pages; second installment 53 pages; third installment 73 pages, some pages in duplicate. THE THIRD INSTALLMENT HAS SOME CORRECTIONS IN PINK INK IN MAILER'S HAND. -- Galley proof sheets for the third installment (December 1979) of the story. Together 19 galley sheets, stapled, with minor editorial corrections on the first page only. -- Playboy's incomplete photocopied and typed draft of the story. Together 183 pages, with some editorial corrections.
[With:] Related typed or copied correspondence to Mailer from Playboy and numerous internal correspondence from editors relating to the complexities of editing "The Executioner's Song" for serialization in Playboy.
MAILER, Norman. "A Footnote to Death in the Afternoon." 34-page photocopied typescript (a few pages typed) for the story that appeared in Playboy (check date). -- Two 34-page photocopied drafts of the story, with some pencil corrections. -- "The Crazy One." Typed manuscript for the story that appeared in Playboy October, 1967 WITH PENCIL CORRECTIONS IN MAILER'S HAND. Together 28 pages, 4to, in agency folder, stapled, with internal Playboy memos relating to the piece. (22)