J. Michael Lennon, vice president emeritus for academic affairs, professor emeritus of English and co-founder of the graduate creative writing program at Wilkes University, released his new biography of the late Pulitzer Prize-winning author Norman Mailer. Norman Mailer: A Double Life was released Oct. 15 by Simon & Schuster and is described by The Washington Post as “a great wallop of a book.”
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Norman Mailer: A Double Life Reviews
- Norman Mailer, Warts And All, In 'A Double Life' by Alan Cheuse | Oct. 26 | NPR.org
- ‘A Double Life’ is a great wallop of a book" by David Kirby | Oct. 13 | The Washington Post
- Fame and Infamy: ‘Norman Mailer: A Double Life’ by Graydon Carter | Oct. 17 | The New York Times
J. Michael Lennon -- (Advisory Board Member, Faculty) Nonfiction Writer, Program Co-Founder.
J. Michael Lennon is the late Norman Mailer's archivist, editor, and authorized biographer. Norman Mailer: A Double Life (Simon & Schuster, 2013) was chosen as an "Editors' Choice" book by the New York Times Book Review and was one of Amazon's top twenty nonfiction books of the year. The paperback edition, published October 28, 2104, was chosen as the top paperback bio for October by the Times of London. For Random House, he recently edited Selected Letters of Norman Mailer, published December 2, 2014. Other books include: Norman Mailer: Works and Days (2000) (with Donna Pedro Lennon), the recipient of a Choice Magazine award for "outstanding scholarly title" in 2001; and he edited Conversations with Norman Mailer (1988), The James Jones Reader (1991), and The Spooky Art: Some Thoughts on Writing (2003). He is the current president of The Norman Mailer Society and past president of The James Jones Literary Society, and serves as Chair of the Editorial Board of The Mailer Review. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Paris Review, Mailer Review, New York Review of Books, James Jones Literary Society Journal, Playboy, Creative Nonfiction, Provincetown Arts, New York, Modern Fiction Studies, New England Review, Narrative and Journal of Modern Literature, among others. He co-authored Mailer's last book, On God: An Uncommon Conversation (2007), and in 2012, edited Mailer's biography of Marilyn Monroe, Norman Mailer/Bert Stern: Marilyn Monroe, also for Taschen. Recently, he edited the Taschen edition of Mailer's The Fight (out in spring 2015), and contributed the introduction to the Taschen edition of Mailer's ground-breaking essay on JFK, "Superman Comes to the Supermarket," published November 1, 2014. His documentary, James Jones: From Reveille to Taps, was shown on PBS in 1984; The Lincolns of Springfield, Illinois was shown on PBS in 1990. He was a faculty member and Executive Director of the Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Illinois-Springfield from 1972-1992. He is Emeritus Vice President for Academic Affairs and Emeritus Professor of English at Wilkes University. He continues to teach in the Wilkes M.F.A. Program, which he co-founded, and at The Mailer Colony, and serves on the advisory boards of both. He served from 2005-2007 as a literary consultant at the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas-Austin, and was a Fellow there in 2009. He is currently working on a new biography (with his son Joseph, and brother Peter) titled, Sixteen Handshakes to Shakespeare. He is married to the former Donna Pedro; they live in Westport, Massachusetts.
|"Mike Discusses Norman Mailer and Jack Abbott"|
|Recorded at Wilkes University, 2012|
|"Mike Discusses Norman Mailer's Letters"|
|Recorded at Wilkes University, 2012|
| "Norman Mailer a ‘relentless innovator’ with writing"
J. Michael Lennon talks with The Cycle hosts
about how Norman Mailer changed American literature.
|MSNBC's The Cycle, 11/26/13|