A conversation with J. Michael Lennon, author of
NORMAN MAILER: A DOUBLE LIFE
Q: What was your relationship with Norman Mailer, and how did you come to write a biography of him?
ML: We first met in 1972 when I was writing my doctoral thesis on his work, and got friendly. A couple of years later, I met Robert Lucid, his first archivist and authorized biographer. Eventually, I became Bob’s understudy, and when Bob died unexpectedly in 2006, I began writing my own version of the official, or authorized biography, with Mailer’s blessing…