A Preliminary Inventory of Its Norman Mailer Files in the Manuscript Collection at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
Purchased from the December 17, 2004, Christie's New York auction " Playboy at 50: Selections from the Archives," Playboy’s Norman Mailer files date from 1962 to 1979 and document three separate exchanges between Mailer and Playboy.
The first group of materials consists of one folder of correspondence between Mailer, Hugh Hefner, and editorial director A. C. Spectorsky regarding Mailer’s "The Womanization of America" (Playboy, June 1962) and his stay at the Playboy mansion while covering the Sonny Liston- Floyd Patterson fight on September 2, 1962.
The second group of materials includes two folders of typescript and photocopy drafts, correspondence, and memos concerning "The Crazy One" also titled "A Footnote to Death in the Afternoon" (Playboy, October 1967).
The bulk of the materials, three folders and one galley file, document the three-part serialization of Mailer’s The Executioner’s Song, which appeared in the October, November, and December 1979 editions of Playboy. Present are internal memos and correspondence between James Morgan, Arthur Kretchmer, Lawrence Dietz, Norman Mailer and other Playboy staff, galley proofs, and typescript drafts.
Materials are in good condition and are generally arranged in chronological order within each folder.
Open for research
Purchase, 2005 (R15392)
Stephen Mielke, Jessica Rice, 2005