An anthology of works by the late Norman Mailer, Random House, which planned to celebrate its centenary in 2023, but abandoned it, will be published by Skyhorse Publishing.
The publisher undertook abandoned works such as Woody Allen’s memoir “Aproposia of Nothing” and a biography of Philip Roth by Blake Bailey.
Andrew Wiley, a spokesman for the literary agency Mailer Property, said on Tuesday that The Skyhorse would release the book and waive Random House publishing fees. He said details such as the book’s content, title and date of publication have yet to be determined.
“Random House is proud to publish Norman Mailer and intends to significantly promote his work along with the anthology published by Skyhorse on its centenary,” Wiley wrote in an email. “The Mailer family and Random House have teamed up to support the Norman case.”
A Skyhorse spokesman could not immediately confirm that there was an agreement on the Mailer book.
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Wiley objected to a report in The Ankler online publication in which Random House said the project had been suspended because of mistrust of some of Meyler’s work, particularly the 1957 White Negro essay criticized by James Baldwin and others. came out.
“It’s not a problem at all,” Wiley said when asked if he would approve the report. – Everyone is happy with the result.
Asked why Random House was not publishing the book, Wiley called it an “editorial decision” and added, “There’s really no problem here.”
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Mailer, who died in 2007, was one of the most famous and controversial authors of his life and has long been a signature part of the Random House legacy. He was a Pulitzer Prize winner for “Army of the Night” and “Song of the Executioner,” but was also criticized by many for writing about race, confessing misconceptions, and stabbing his second wife, Adel Morales. stained. In the 1960s.
Interest in his work has declined sharply, especially compared to his contemporaries such as Baldwin. According to NPD BookScan, which tracks nearly 85 percent of the print market, Mailer’s four most popular books are “Army of the Night,” “Naked and Dead,” “Song of the Executioner,” and “ Jang ”sales. “- In 2021, it was less than 4,000 copies.
According to one of Meyler’s sons, Michael Meyler, Random House proposed a hundred-year-old project, and the family, along with J. Michael Lennon, “offered a collection of political essays on democracy, which they liked and then decided not to pursue.” Due to objections from some junior leaders. “
A Random House spokesman did not directly respond to accusations about the book’s contents, saying in a statement: There was no such collection. Random House does so. Keep publishing most of Norman Mailer’s backlist. “
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