Of a Fire on the Moon.

First Edition of Norman Mailer's Of a Fire on the Moon; Signed by Him

Of a Fire on the Moon.

MAILER, Norman.


Item Number: 115569

Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1970.

First edition of this “twentieth-century American epic—a Moby Dickof space”(The New York Times). Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Norman Mailer. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light shelfwear. Jacket design by Sarah El Bindari. Cover painting Le Monde Invisible by Rene Magritte.

For many, the moon landing was the defining event of the twentieth century. So it seems only fitting that Norman Mailer—the literary provocateur who altered the landscape of American nonfiction—wrote the most wide-ranging, far-seeing chronicle of the Apollo 11 mission. A classic chronicle of America’s reach for greatness in the midst of the Cold War, Of a Fire on the Moon compiles the reportage Mailer published between 1969 and 1970 in Life magazine: gripping firsthand dispatches from inside NASA’s clandestine operations in Houston and Cape Kennedy; technical insights into the magnitude of their awe-inspiring feat; and prescient meditations that place the event in human context as only Mailer could.

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