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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 30

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I sent him a telegram of congratulations." Mailer, of course, had been mentioned as a candidate for the Nobel, and his future chances will probably ride on the big novel. He says he could have used the prize when he wrote "The Deer Park," his novel with a Hollywood background, because everybody jumped on him then. In those days there was his frequent talk about defending his writing title - the boxing analogy. "But I'm no longer talking about defending it. Well . . . maybe against Tolstoy. I was more on the order of Ezzard Charles than Joe Louis, anyway." He still thinks the boxing metaphor is useful because there is a resemblance between a fighter and a writer. Both, he believes, are engaged in cool and controversial acts, both make their own moves and any good fighter and writer become aware that the main bout is with themselves. "Knowing that," Mailer says, "you become a wiser man." LCT 1 A (c) N.Y. Times NEW YORK - "There is a fancy wistfulness about writers in their 50 s," Norman Mailer says. "They wonder, 'Do I still have enough skill left to bring it off?' " On Jan. 31, Norman Mailer will be 54. After being away from fiction for a decade, he says he is working steadily and well on his big novel the biggest for him and one of the longest planned by any American writer. He still is surprisingly youthful. As always, he appears almost elegant; an old rifleman in an officer's trenchcoat. His stance remains open. He hesitates for a modest moment between sentences, then comes out of a neutral corner with an up-percut to the mind. "This is a tricky business," he says of the challenge of writing like a heavyweight again. "The trick is to go beyond one's reach." Most of the time he is in Province-town, Mass., putting in 2Vi hours in the morning and another 2Vz in the evening. When he completes the work in 1978 or 1979, it could go between 550,000 and 800,000 words. 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