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The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer - Signed First Edition - 1948 - from Eureka Books (SKU: 267456)

The Naked and the Dead

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The Naked and the Dead

by Norman Mailer

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Rinehart and Company, Inc, 1948. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine. 721 pages. The author's debut novel, which shot to the top of the New York Times Best Seller list and stayed there for eleven weeks. Mailer would go on to win two Pulitzer Prizes. Based in part on the author's experiences in World War II. First edition (first printing) with the Rinehart logo on copyright page. Light edge wear else a fine copy in a dust jacket with a light hint of toning and wear to the spine head. An exceptional copy as noted by the exuberant inscription by the author to Donald Kaufmann: 'Don, this may be the finest copy extant of the Naked and the Dead. Cheers, yes. Norman Mailer.' Kaufmann published one of the first critical studies of Mailer, Norman Mailer: The Countdown (The First Twenty Years).

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
Eureka Books US (US)
Bookseller’s Inventory #
267456
Title
The Naked and the Dead
Author
Norman Mailer
Format/binding
Hardcover
Book condition
Used
Jacket condition
Fine
Quantity available
1
Edition
First Edition
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Rinehart and Company, Inc
Date Published
1948
Keywords
[nxm]

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