Collecting The Naked and The Dead by Mailer, Norman - First edition identification guideAcclaimed as a successful expression of the futility of war, Norman Mailer's The Naked and the Dead follows the story of an army platoon of foot soldiers fighting for the possession of the Japanese-held island of Anopopei during World War II. Through its four parts, The Naked and the Dead addresses themes of loneliness, death of fear and dying, and brotherhood. The novel is written in gritty, journalistic detail. The Naked and the Dead sold , copies in its first three months and was a New York Times best seller for over a year. Despite some controversy among critics, the novel remains important in American literature. The novel was later adapted into a film of the same name in Bound in black cloth, first editions have the Rinehart logo, a script R in a circle, on the copyright page.
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Norman Mailer was one of the most original and powerful writers of the twentieth century, but he never wrote a truly great novel. The power of deep-rooted experience, I suspect, would have given rise to a self-sustaining run of novels. Instead, he sacrificed his literary birthright for the pursuit of experiences that he considered literature-worthy, and he paid a high price to replace it. The grandson of a rabbi who struggled in business, the son of a picaresque bookkeeper and an adoring mother, he was a brilliant student and precocious writer. Did he hesitate to reveal stories about his parents? His father, a compulsive gambler, was often in debt, on the edge of legal trouble, and frequently unemployed. Did he not want to write about his days of sheltered timidity?
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 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. Now that fifty years have gone by since The Naked and the Dead was published in May , I think it might be interesting to talk about it as a best-seller that was the work of an amateur.
Norman Mailer and New Journalism 4. This paper deals with the relationship between fiction and traditional and New Journalism. The next chapter states the parts the novel consists of and gives a brief analises of how structure and point of view work in the novel. The main focus of the paper is the next chapter: Norman Mailer and New Journalism. Mailer himself had enlisted in the army after graduating from Havard with the determination to write a great war novel.
In the matter of The Naked and the Dead our duty as liberal and educated people is clear. If it comes to a showdown we stand by Norman Mailer. His book is tremendously good, and perhaps better than that. There has been some conjuring up of the ghost of what Henry James called "that Rhadamanthus of English literature - the Young Person. As for the Young Persons, those belonging to what used to be known as the working classes are commonly enlightened very early about elemental things, and the other boys and girls are not nowadays brought up prudish. But in fact "The Naked and the Dead" will only be scavenged for obscene passages by those whose taste or fancy is already for such nourishment. It is a powerful, well-planned and excitingly intelligent book: a far more remarkable achievement than there is space to describe here.