An actress and writer who says she was Norman Mailer's longtime mistress has sold papers to Harvard University that include lengthy accounts of their sex life and hand-edited drafts of her writing.
Carole Mallory saved seven boxes of materials she said she collected during Mailer's weekly visits between 1983 and 1992, while Mailer was married to his sixth and last wife, Norris Church.
"We'd have a writing lesson, we'd make love, and then go to lunch in whatever order that would be, and I saved all the writing lessons," said Mallory, 66. "I wanted him to teach me to be a writer. He was one of our greatest writers in America."
Mallory, who appeared in movies including "The Stepford Wives" and modeled, will not say how much she was paid, and neither will Harvard, Mailer's alma mater. The school received the papers within the last month, said Beth Brainard, spokeswoman for the Harvard library. She said the school pursued the papers because of Mailer's importance, and because he was a Harvard graduate.
"It's important to have Mailer represented in some way in the collection," Brainard said.
Mailer, who died in November at age 84, sold his own archives to the University of Texas for $2.5 million.
Mallory, who lives in Jeffersonville, Pa., said she waited to release the papers until after his death out of respect for Mailer and his family. She said she decided to sell the collection because "I knew they were valuable and I wanted to have some more money."
She added that she wanted to set the record straight, and be a part of history.
The collection includes photos, transcripts of interviews with Mailer, handwritten edits of Mallory's work, and scraps from writing lessons he gave. Mallory recalls the principles Mailer emphasized, such as: keep the dialogue punchy; stay away from adverbs; and don't lecture the reader.
The collection also contains Mallory's unpublished memoir, including a 20-page sex scene with Mailer, and a 50-page sex scene she said was based on her relationship with Mailer that she wrote for one of her books. She said Mailer had challenged her to write one that long.
"I don't believe in shame," Mallory said. "I believe in making love and love. I'm not going to go around and harbor secrets or shame about . . . loving someone. And I don't think sex is something to be ashamed of."