Our co-founder, Norman Mailer, wrote quite a bit before he ever got around to publishing the Voice. And that’s to say nothing of his correspondences, 45,000 of which have been retrieved by The Norman Mailer Center. Now J. Michael Lennon, the big man’s chief biographer, has sorted through the massive heap to extract 712 of those letters, written between 1940 and the early 2000s. Tonight, Lennon will examine the full range of Mailer’s life, from aggregations of New Journalism to a budding film career to his turbulent relationships with women. Lennon, who has authored and edited Selected Letters of Norman Mailer and Norman Mailer: A Double Life, will chat with critic and literary scholar Morris Dickstein, revealing how he has managed to separate the man from the myth.
Thu., Jan. 22, 7 p.m., 2015