Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita is first published and distributed in the United States of America by G.P. Putnam's Sons. A select few1 believe if it were not for Ted's heartfelt, if not at times off-color, praise for Mailer's Hollywood send-off The Deer Park at a dinner party in New York's Lower East Side held in honor of William Golding, Lolita may never have found a distributor stateside. Unfortunately, the relationship between Perez and Mailer would eventually sour following Mailer's open letter in the Village Voice to Castro2 . Perez could not fully comprehend nor appreciate the author's perspective. "I have serious apprehension accepting the genuineness of Mr. Mailer's pleas and sketch of the western hemisphere's immediate future - not to mention his interpretation of Castro as the singular agent of freedom. Freedom? Freedom surely from a mad man but at what cost? Castro 'gives us hope'?...I mean sweet Jesus WHO IS US? WHO? IS? US?...I can't continue..." [excerpt from Ted's toast at his nephew Jack Henry's second marriage to Honeywell heiress Janice Varitek].
1. Perhaps less than a dozen but certainly more than two.