Lover Suspected Mailer of Gay Sex
Mistress jotted suspicions in archives purchased by Harvard
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Apr 27, 2008 5:52 AM CDT
A publicity photo of author Norman Mailer, made by photographer Judy Scheftel in 1959, is part of the writer's archives seen Thursday, Jan. 3, 2008, in Austin, Texas.   (AP Photo/Harry Cabluck)
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(Newser) – One of Norman Mailer’s mistresses suspected the writer of having a gay affair—or perhaps several, reports the Times of London. Mailer also asked lover Carole Mallory to have three-way sex with a gay man, according to her notes in archives recently purchased by Harvard University. One of the men Mallory suspected of being romantically linked to Mailer, close friend Rick Stratton, said there was “no truth to” speculation that the writer had gay affairs.

“The outlandish claims of scorned women never surprise me,” said Stratton. Mallory, now 66, also describes the fading of a once-intense sexual relationship with Mailer. “I feel so good not having sex with him,” she writes. "He does sexually to me what he likes done to him.”