Notes: 8-1/2 by 11 inches. Mimeographed flyer, printed front side (recto) only.
In 1969, the novelist Norman Mailer ran for mayor of New York City. He formed a ticket with the journalist Jimmy Breslin, who sought the presidency of the city council. This flyer encourages volunteer support to gather the signatures necessary to get Mailer on the ballot in the New York City Democratic primary. The flyer describes Mailer's idea that New York City should become the 51st state, with its neighborhoods transformed into cities and villages. Mailer announced his candidacy in early April. This flyer dates before May 12 (a date referenced in the text as being in the future).
Mailer's venture into politics was part of a trend in the late 1960s and early 1970s of public figures running for office to call attention to problems in the political system. This group includes a comedian (Dick Gregory, president); activists (Eldridge Cleaver, president; Oscar Zeta Acosta, sheriff of Los Angeles), journalists (Hunter S. Thompson, sheriff of Pitkin County), and others. Today, most such candidates are rich men.
Edition + Condition: Fine, but for minor tanning to the edges.
Publication: New York City: Mailer for Mayor, .
Item No: #6419