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The Naked and the Dead by  Norman Mailer - Signed First Edition - 1949 - from Bookbid Rare Books (SKU: 005981)

The Naked and the Dead

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The Naked and the Dead

by Mailer, Norman

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Allan Wingate, 1949. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/No Jacket. [ONE OF 13 copies only]. (19490 Allan Wingate, London. [x], 728pp; gilt-stamped pebbled wine leather, ribbon marker. English edition of the author's first book, deluxe issue, comprising 253 copies, of which this is number VI of 13 reserved for presentation. Inscribed by Mailer ("Cheers"), although not called for. Book near fine, some cracking along inner joints. No DJ, as issued. Comes in specially made custom cloth slipcase. We will provide a certificate of authenticity for this item.

Synopsis

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’s Inventory #
005981
Title
The Naked and the Dead
Author
Mailer, Norman
Format/binding
Hardcover
Book condition
Used - Fine
Jacket condition
No Jacket
Quantity available
1
Edition
1st Edition
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Allan Wingate
Date Published
1949

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