Posted on January 5, 2022 at 2:03 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

You may have seen headlines declaring that a major publishing house had canceled author Norman Mailer, over the title of a 1957 essay.

Mailer’s son, John Buffalo Mailer, has set the record straight, however.

He told the New York Times that his father’s longtime publisher, Random House, actually “didn’t feel they were the right house to do this book right now,” adding: “I don’t think they have any interest in trying to cancel Norman Mailer.” 

Random House itself has also disputed journalist Michael Wolff’s accusations of a cancellation, saying the essay collection was never under contract, in a statement shared by the Guardian.

Skyhorse, which has previously picked up books that were in fact dropped by previous publishers, will release the collection.

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