Mr Mailer added: “I don’t think they have any interest in trying to cancel Norman Mailer. You cannot cancel Norman Mailer.
A spokesperson for Random House said in a statement that it was “in fact incorrect that Random House canceled an upcoming Norman Mailer essay book,” adding that the book had never been under contract and that Random House continued to post much of Mailer’s mailing list.
Literary agent Andrew Wylie, who represents the Mailer estate, wrote in an email that there had been no falling out between the Mailer estate and its longtime publisher. “There is no problem here. Random House is proud to publish Norman Mailer and intends to promote his work in a meaningful way for the centenary, in tandem with Skyhorse’s publication of the anthology, ”he said. “The Mailer family and Random House are united in supporting Norman’s work.”
Yet the company’s decision sparked yet another “culture cancellation” and censorship debate. Some have argued that publishers are too afraid to cause controversy or become the target of critical social media campaigns, and have withdrawn from publishing by provocative or polarizing authors.
Skyhorse, an independent press, has become a sort of last refuge for authors. In recent years, he’s picked up titles dropped by other houses, including a memoir by Woody Allen, which Hachette dropped after his own workers protested, and a biography of Philip Roth, which WW Norton withdrew from circulation. after its author, Blake. Bailey, was charged with sexual assault and misconduct.
In an email, Skyhorse chairman and publisher Tony Lyons called Mailer “one of the most dramatic, controversial and enduring writers of his generation” and said the untitled book should be released. next year.
A prolific and combative writer who has published some 40 books and received the Pulitzer Prize twice, Norman Mailer married six times and was also famous for his extraordinary ego. In 1960, at the end of a party announcing his intention to run for mayor of New York, he stabbed his second wife, Adele Mailer, in the stomach and back with a pocket knife, seriously injuring her.