The Naked and the Dead (50th Anniversary Edition)

The Naked and the Dead (50th Anniversary Edition)

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by Norman Mailer
     
 

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Hailed as one of the finest novels to come out of the Second World War,The Naked and the Dead received unprecedented critical acclaim upon its publication and has since enjoyed a long and well-deserved tenure in the American canon. This fiftieth anniversary edition features a new introduction created especially for the occasion by Norman Mailer.

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Hailed as one of the finest novels to come out of the Second World War,The Naked and the Dead received unprecedented critical acclaim upon its publication and has since enjoyed a long and well-deserved tenure in the American canon. This fiftieth anniversary edition features a new introduction created especially for the occasion by Norman Mailer.

Written in fascinating detail, the story follows a platoon of foot soldiers who are fighting for the possession of the Japanese-held island of Anopopei. Composed in 1948 with the wisdom of a man twice Mailer's age and the raw courage of the young man he was, The Naked and the Dead is representative of the best in twentieth-century American writing.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“The best novel to come out of the . . . war, perhaps the best book to come out of any war.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“Best novel yet about World War II.” —Time

“Brutal, agonizing, astonishingly thoughtful.” —Newsweek

“Nightmarish masterpiece of realism.” —Cleveland News

“Vibrant with life, abundant with real people, full of memorable scenes. To call it merely a great book about the war would be to minimize its total achievement.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer

“The most important American novel since Moby-Dick.” —Providence Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805060171
Publisher:
Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
05/28/1998
Edition description:
50th Anniversary Edition
Pages:
721
Product dimensions:
5.49(w) x 8.23(h) x 1.90(d)

Meet the Author

Norman Mailer's first novel, The Naked and the Dead, is widely regarded as one of the finest American novels of the twentieth century. Among Norman Mailer's other achievements are Why Are We in Vietnam?, The Armies of the Night, for which he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award in 1968, and The Executioner's Song, which won the 1980 Pulitzer Prize.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Provincetown, Massachusetts, and New York, New York
Date of Birth:
January 31, 1923
Date of Death:
November 10, 2007
Place of Birth:
Long Branch, New Jersey
Education:
B.S., Harvard University, 1943; Sorbonne, Paris, 1947-48

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