Norman Mailer’s widow, Norris Church Mailer, is writing a memoir that will be published by Random House and edited by David Ebershoff, Publisher’s Weekly reports. Mr. Ebershoff also edited Mailer’s last four books, including his last, The Castle in the Forest.
The book was sold to Random House by John Taylor “Ike” Williams, who works in the literary and dramatic rights branch of Boston-based lawfirm Fish & Richardson, and who has served as Ms. Church Mailer’s literary agent for years. Mr. Williams, who did not immediately respond to request for comment, is also one of the legal representatives for the Mailer Estate.
This is the first Mailer-related book deal to break since the literary giant died in November. Other projects in the works include a set of reissues from the New York Review of Books Classics. NYRB Books editorial director Edwin Frank said in an interview last month that readers can expect to see new editions of Miami and the Siege of Chicago (with an introduction by Frank Rich), Of a Fire on the Moon, and Prisoner of Sex.
The other major project in development is a collection of letters to and from Mailer edited by his longtime literary executor Michael Lennon. That collection was supposed to come out from Random House this coming fall, according to Mailer’s publicist there, but has been held up for "legal reasons."
Mr. Lennon said in an interview in January that he was planning on writing a new biography of Mailer once the letters collection is complete.