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Guide to Norman Mailer. Manuscript of The Deer Park 1955

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Descriptive Summary


Mailer, Norman. Manuscript of The Deer Park




0.25 linear feet (1 box)


Special Collections Research Center
University of Chicago Library
1100 East 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637 U.S.A.


Photocopy of a typescript draft of the play. Includes a few handwritten changes. The play was later revised by Mailer.

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When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: Mailer, Norman. Manuscript of The Deer Park, [Box #, Folder #], Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library

Biographical Note

Norman Mailer was born in Long Branch, New Jersey in 1923 and raised in Brooklyn, New York. After graduation from Boys High School, he later graduated from Harvard University. Mailer served two years in Leyte, Luzon and Japan during World War II. In 1948, he produced his first novel, The Naked and the Dead, considered by many critics to be one of the most important novels to emerge from the second world war. Mailer's second novel, Barbary Shore, was described by its author as a "product of intense political preoccupation."

Scope Note

"The Deer Park" is an unpublished play version of Norman Mailer's novel of the same title. It is basically a study in human character centering around the movie industry in the twentieth century. The 187-page manuscript is a photocopy of a typescript draft version of the play, with a few hand-written changes. The play was later revised by Mailer.

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Subject Headings


Box 1

The Deer Park, manuscript, 1955