The Naked and the Dead.

“I HATE EVERYTHING WHICH IS NOT IN MYSELF”: First British Edition of The Naked and the Dead; Inscribed by Norman Mailer

The Naked and the Dead.

MAILER, Norman.


Item Number: 833

London: Allan Wingate, 1949.

First British edition of the author’s first book. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “For ________ ________, Spent a winter once in Jamaica, Vermont, back in 1949, Loved it. Cheers Norman Mailer.” Very good in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by James Holland.

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).

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