The Naked and the Dead.

AMERICA’S "BEST WAR NOVEL": FIRST EDITION OF THE NAKED AND THE DEAD, SIGNED BY NORMAN MAILER

The Naked and the Dead.

MAILER, Norman.

$1,250.00

Item Number: 117877

New York: Rinehart and Company, 1948.

First edition of the author’s first book. Thick octavo, original black boards. Boldly signed by Norman Mailer on the title page. Near fine in a very good first issue dust jacket. Jacket design by Karov. A nicer than usual example.

Norman Mailer claimed to have four books on his desk while he wrote The Naked and the Dead: Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, Wolfe's Of Time and the River, Dos Passos' U.S.A. and Farrell's Studs Lonigan. It was with this tongue partly in cheek that he asserted that the "overspirit is Tolstoy, the rococo comes out of Dos Passos, the fundamental slogging style from Farrell and the occasional overrich descriptions from Wolfe." The Naked and the Dead follows the story of an army platoon of foot soldiers fighting for the Japanese island of Anopopei. "The best novel to come out of the . . . war, perhaps the best book to come out of any war" (San Francisco Chronicle). "The narrative presents, with great accuracy and power, the agony of the American troops in the Pacific campaign It remains Mailer’s best, and certainly the best war novel to emerge from the United States" (Burgess, 42-43). Named by Modern Library as one of the 100 Greatest Novels of the twentieth century.

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