Review: ‘Selected Letters of Norman Mailer,’ edited by J. Michael Lennon

December 12, 2014 5:43 PM

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Review: ‘Selected Letters of Norman Mailer,’ edited by J. Michael Lennon

“I bear the same relation to letter writing that a farmer does to flooded fields,” wrote Norman Mailer. “I keep trying not to look at them.”

His distaste notwithstanding, Mailer’s epistolary output was prodigious — 45,000 letters, consisting of 20million words — an unshakeable fidelity to a venerable means of communication that is twitching its last sad throes in the age of instant messaging.

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