The Naked and the Dead (Hardcover)

Author: Mailer, Norman

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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 gritty, journalistic detail, the story follows a platoon of Marines who are stationed on 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.


Publisher Henry Holt & Co
Mfg Part# 9780805060188
SKU 30358111
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0805060189
Release Date 5/1/1998
Dimensions (in Inches) 8.75H x 5.75L x 2T
Author Info
Norman Mailer
Norman Mailer, one of America's most colorful and acclaimed writers was a larger-than-life figure, almost as famous for picking fights, running for mayor of New York City, directing films, founding The Village Voice, baiting feminists, and stabbing his wife as for his rowdy unabashed novels and brilliant nonfiction work. Critic Anatole Broyard claimed Mailer's "career seems to be a brawl between his talent and his exhibitionism." He was born in New Jersey, but grew up in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn--his father was a dapper businessman and his mother a respected member of the community. He graduated from Harvard University in 1943, and served in the Army from 1943 until 1946, then studied at the Sorbonne on the G.I. Bill. His first novel, THE NAKED AND THE DEAD, was published in 1948; based on his war years, it was an immediate success. In 1955, Mailer founded the Village Voice with two friends. At a party five years later, he stabbed his then wife, Adele, in a drunken argument--something he has called "the biggest regret" of his life. In 1969, Mailer ran for mayor of New York City and lost--in the same year, he won the National Book Award for ARMIES OF THE NIGHT, his nonfiction book about the Vietnam War and the march on the Pentagon. THE EXECUTIONER'S SONG, about the murderer Gary Gilmore, won a Pulitzer in 1980. Mailer's later fiction has had a mixed reception, but in such novels as ANCIENT EVENINGS (1984) and HARLOT'S GHOST (1991), he has continued to explore the reactions of a sensitive, analytical individual in a problematic society. Mailer had six wives, five daughters, and four sons. At the end of his life, diminutive and hobbled by canes, he remained a prolific and controversial writer: in 2007 he published two books, THE CASTLE IN THE FOREST, a novel imagining Hitler's youth from the point of view of a demon, and ON GOD, which described his vision of God as a flawed but brilliant artist--a figure much like Mailer himself. He died of acute renal failure later that year.
"An impressive and in many ways a highly satisfactory novel about combat in the Second World War, but it shares the tendency of most current novels toward undersimplification. It is too long and it is too complicated....[Mailer's] age has no bearing that I can see on the fact that he is a man of wisdom and perception, who tells a good story powerfully and well."
"Undoubtedly the most ambitious novel to be written about the recent conflict, it is also the most ruthlessly honest and in scope and in integrity compares favorably with the best that followed World War I. Even in its repetitiveness, wordiness, and overanalysis of motive, it is a commanding performance by a young man of twenty-five whose gifts are impressive and whose failures are a matter of reach rather than grasp....'The Naked and the Dead' is not a great book, but indisputably it bears witness to a new and significant talent among American novelists."
"For a book which seems spontaneous on the surface, 'The Naked and the Dead' was written mechanically. I studied engineering at Harvard, and I suppose it was the book of a young engineer."
"Strikes me as being by far the most impressive piece of fiction to date about Americans in the Second World War."
From the Publisher
Editors Note Portrays the contrasting personalities and nostalgic reminiscences of a group of World War II American soldiers engaged in a combat operation against the Japanese
First Line Nobody could sleep.
Annotation Told in four parts, the book describes the American takeover from Japan of an island in the South Pacific during World War II. Many military details, combined with intermittent narrative about the characters, offer a microcosm of United States political and social history. These various characters must work together in order for their mission to succeed. The novel explores social cohesion, the military mind, class conflicts, and political ideology.
Product Attributes
Book Format Hardcover
Edition 0050
Number of Pages 0722
Publisher Henry Holt & Company
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