The Naked and the Dead
Place Published: New York
Publisher: Rinehart and Company
Date Published: 1948
Edition: Later printing
Book Id: 36510
SIGNED. 721pp. Octavo [21.5 cm] Black textured paper covered boards with a white ink stamped title and 2 single ruled lines on the spine. Very good. The spine is rolled, and the edges of the spine and covers are abraded. There are several small splits in the backstrip at the foot. Tanned pages. The dust jacket is in fair condition. Age-toned and mildly rubbed. There are numerous small losses from the edges, and there are 4 pieces of tape backing long tears in the front panel and the jacket's spine. The rear inside flap is creased and has a small numerical notation. Price-clipped.
Signed edition of the author's highly successful, and Pulitzer Prize winning, first book that was based on the author's own wartime experiences. Signed by Mailer on the title page."I came out of the Army with an idea for a novel about a long patrol, an idea which had been bound in its origins to a mountain which was to serve as both an actual mass of stone and as a symbolic base for the book. The original conception was allegorical. The mountain was a consciously ambiguous symbol, something too complex, too tangible, to be defined by language." - Norman Mailer