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Norman Mailer estate selling the author’s former Provincetown home

The stately brick dwelling in Provincetown that author Norman Mailer called home from 1990 until his death in 2007 is for sale. Mailer’s nine children have quietly put the house on the market for $4 million. “It’s a beautiful house filled with great memories and great family times,” said the author’s oldest son, film producer Michael Mailer, when reached Tuesday in New York. “But because most of us live in New York or beyond, it’s just not a practical house to own. It’s a big place on the water. It’s a house that’s meant to be used not moth-balled.” The Pultizer Prize winning author of “The Executioner’s Song” began writing in P-Town in the 1940s. He bought the brick house at 627 Commercial St. in 1986, and it was used as the set of his 1987 film, “Tough Guys Don’t Dance.” The Norman Mailer Center (and Norman Mailer Writers Colony) have occupied the building rent free since the author’s death, and hoped to raise the money to buy it. But that didn’t happen. “At the end of the day, they didn’t come up with the money,” said Michael Mailer. “Provincetown is definitely a focal point for the family, and it will continue to be. We’ll just have to find another place to get together.”

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