First editon of The Armies of the Night; Inscribed by Norman Mailer to Christopher Lawford and signed by Noam Chomsky

  • The Armies of the Night.

The Armies of the Night.


Item Number: 5790

New York: The New American Library, 1968.

First edition of this nonfiction novel, which went on to win both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author on the title page, “To Chris Lawford remembering our good conversation last summer Norman Mailer March 1983.” Additionally signed by one of the subjects, Noam Chomsky. The recipient, Christopher Lawford is an author, activist and member of the Kennedy family and friends with the author. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.

One of the first examples of "new journalism" The Armies of the Night daringly combined reportage with a novelistic style and garnered Norman Mailer his first Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award. It centers on the March on the Pentagon, the most famous anti-Vietnam War rally in Washington DC, and the characters that occupy this opposition––the intellectuals, students, African Americans, liberals, and marching women. Mailer, a novelist-as-character, sculpts this impressionably fragile world of the Left versus Authority and Peace versus War, prodding at the Vietnam generation’s deepest anxieties.

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