Revising Fiction

“At least I was able to penetrate into the mysterious and magical belly of a movie star”


As a novel about sexuality, told in what Mailer had thought was a style imbued with sexual energy, The Deer Park had offended his original publisher, who dropped it in page proofs; ironically, Mailer found himself changing some of the phrases to which the publisher had objected, not on moral but on aesthetic grounds. “Fount of power” for female genitalia became “thumb of power.”


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December 18th, 2009 / 11:37 am