Lawrence, you are so right. From the London Times: Jules Feiffer summed up long ago the position of Mailer’s star in the firmament. “Remember in the 1950s and early 1960s, novelists were thought of as very important people,” he said. “Back then one still thought of Hemingway and Fitzgerald and Sinclair Lewis as having incredible stature, and Mailer was one of two or three Americans clearly destined to follow in their footsteps. And one treated him that way.”
Besides ayone who headbutted Gore Vidal and sat on Truman Capote couldn’t have been all bad.
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