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The Naked and the Dead. by  Norman Mailer - Signed First Edition - 1948 - from Raptis Rare Books (SKU: 119663)

The Naked and the Dead.

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The Naked and the Dead.

by Mailer, Norman

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New York: Rinehart and Company, 1948. First edition of the author's first book. Thick octavo, bound in full morocco, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, raised bands, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. Boldly signed by Norman Mailer on the title page. In fine condition. An exceptional presentation. Norman Mailer claimed to have four books on his desk while he wrote The Naked and the Dead: Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, Wolfe's Of Time and the River, Dos Passos' U.S.A. and Farrell's Studs Lonigan. It was with this tongue partly in cheek that he asserted that the "overspirit is Tolstoy, the rococo comes out of Dos Passos, the fundamental slogging style from Farrell and the occasional overrich descriptions from Wolfe." The Naked and the Dead follows the story of an army platoon of foot soldiers fighting for the Japanese island of Anopopei. "The best novel to come out of the . . . war, perhaps the best book to come out of any war" (San Francisco Chronicle). "The narrative presents, with great accuracy and power, the agony of the American troops in the Pacific campaign It remains Mailer’s best, and certainly the best war novel to emerge from the United States" (Burgess, 42-43). Named by Modern Library as one of the 100 Greatest Novels of the twentieth century.

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Acclaimed as a successful expression of the futility of war, Norman Mailer's The Naked and the Dead follows the story of an army platoon of foot soldiers fighting for the possession of the Japanese-held island of Anopopei during World War II. The novel, which embodies wartime disillusionment, is partly based on Mailer’s own experiences with the 112th Cavalry in the Pacific. Through its four parts, The Naked and the Dead addresses themes of loneliness, death of fear and dying, and brotherhood. The novel is written in gritty, journalistic detail. However, this tone was dialed back as publishers persuaded Mailer to use to euphemism “fug” in lieu of the mother of all curse words — the “F” word — in his novel. The Naked and the Dead sold 200,000 copies in its first three months and was a New York Times best seller for over a year. Despite some controversy among critics, the novel remains important in American literature. The Naked and the Dead is ranked 51st on Modern Library’s “100 Best” English-language novels of the 20th century. The novel was later adapted into a film of the same name in 1958.

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bookseller
Raptis Rare Books US (US)
Bookseller’s Inventory #
119663
Title
The Naked and the Dead.
Author
Mailer, Norman
Book condition
Used
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Rinehart and Company
Place of Publication
New York
Date Published
1948
Keywords
Norman Mailer Signed First Edition, The Naked and Dead Signed First Edition, The Naked and the Dead First Edition

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edges
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gilt
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First Edition
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A.N.
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octavo
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fine
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spine
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raised band(s)
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title page
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morocco
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