FIRST EDITION OF THE NAKED AND THE DEAD, SIGNED BY NORMAN MAILER
MAILER, Norman. Naked and the Dead. New York and Toronto: Rinehart, (1948). Octavo, original black cloth, original dust jacket. $6500.
First edition of Mailer's landmark first novel—"the best war novel to emerge from the United States"—boldly signed on the title page by Mailer.
Norman Mailer, who "loomed over American letters longer and larger than any writer of his generation… burst on the scene in 1948 with The Naked and the Dead" (New York Times). Mailer's electrifying debut conveys, "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, 42-3). First edition, first issue with Rinehart colophon on copyright page; first issue dust jacket without reviews on rear flap.
Only tiny bit of rubbing to bright dust jacket. An especially handsome signed copy in fine condition.