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, release
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.”
|"Biographer, J. Michael Lennon, exposes the double life of Norman Mailer"||"Mike Discusses Norman Mailer's Letters"|
|by Simon & Schuster, 2013||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|
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 and authorized biographer. He has written/edited several books about him, including Norman Mailer: Works and Days (2000), which was the recipient of a Choice Magazine award for “outstanding scholarly title” in 2001. Some of his other books are Critical Essays on Norman Mailer (1986), Conversations with Norman Mailer (1988), The James Jones Reader (1991), and The Spooky Art: Some Thoughts on Writing (2003). He is the past president of both The Norman Mailer Society and The James Jones Literary Society and serves on the boards of both organizations. He is also the 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, Modern Language Studies, Chicago Tribune, New England Review, Narrative and Journal of Modern Literature, among others. He co-authored with Mailer On God: An Uncommon Conversation (2007). Most recently, he edited Moonfire: The Epic Journey of Apollo 11 (Taschen 2009), an abridged version of Mailer’s 1971 narrative, Of a Fire on the Moon, with hundreds of NASA photographs; and in 2012, Norman Mailer/Bert Stern: Marilyn Monroe, also for Taschen. Lennon is currently editing Mailer’s letters for Random House, and writing the authorized biography, to be published by Simon and Schuster in 2013. 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 and 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, where he assisted in the cataloging of Mailer’s papers, and was a Fellow there in 2009. Lennon received the A.B. from Stonehill College and the M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Rhode Island. He is married to the former Donna Pedro; they are the parents of three sons and three grandchildren and live in Westport, Massachusetts.