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The Naked and the Dead [Signed]

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The Naked and the Dead [Signed]

by MAILER, Norman

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Franklin Center: Franklin Library, 1979. Limited Edition. Octavo; full dark brown bonded leather, with titling and decorations stamped in gilt on spine and covers; all edges gilt; silk moiré endpapers; xxii,683pp; illus. Signed by the author following the half-title page. Mild fading to endpaper margins (as usual), else Fine. Specially signed 30th anniversary edition of Mailer's novel set during World War II, detailing "the capture of a Japanese island in the Pacific by amphibious assault and jungle fighting. Studies the relationship of the individual soldier within the Army organization, shows what the act of fighting does to character, and explores the forces and philosophies that create men's fates" (Coan, p.126). HANNA 2355; RIDEOUT, p.299.

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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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Lorne Bair Rare Books US (US)
Bookseller's Inventory #
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Title
The Naked and the Dead [Signed]
Author
MAILER, Norman
Book Condition
Used
Quantity Available
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Edition
Limited Edition
Publisher
Franklin Library
Place of Publication
Franklin Center
Date Published
1979
Bookseller catalogs
Modern Fiction; Social Fiction; WW2; Rideout;

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