For 25 years, from 1982—2007, Norman Mailer and his wife Norris
lived and worked in the large, brick home on the sandy waterfront of Provincetown, Massachusetts. In the third-floor study overlooking the spiraling shoreline, Mailer wrote part or all of three quarters of his 40-odd books. This study, packed from floor to ceiling with books and research materials, is just as Mailer left it when he died in November 2007.
In 2009 and 2010, Mailer Fellows and workshop attendees met at the Mailer residence for their scheduled gatherings. In the evenings, readings, seminars, lectures, special occasions, and receptions were held at the Mailer home. The residence also serves as a home away from home for distinguished writers, honored guests, esteemed lecturers and members of The Center’s faculty while they visit Provincetown.
The house has four second-floor bedrooms and 4.5 baths and boasts a bar jutting out over a plank deck on the water. In his later years, Mailer exercised every day on this deck. There is a first-floor library, a large and well-equipped kitchen, dining room, living room and an administrative office.