Norman Mailer

The Naked and the Dead

originally published:
New York : Rinehart and Company

We offered this signed copy of the first edition in a fine, unrestored, original dustwrapper in our Catalog 125.


  • Burgess 99(1948)
  • First Book(1948)
  • Modern Library 100 Best Novels(051)

reference info

bio notes:
born: 1/31/1923
died: 11/10/2007
born as: Norman Mailer
nationality: USA

American novelist who successfully developed a form of journalism that conveys actual events with the subjective richness and imaginative complexity of the novel. - Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature

Collecting tips:

Mailer has enjoyed great public esteem, exceeded perhaps only by his own opinion of himself, ever since his first book The Naked and The Dead was published in (1948). The book is notorious for the cheapness of the materials employed in its construction, and don't be surprised when you have to pay a chilling premium for a truly fine copy. However, just because a dealer says its a truly fine copy, don't accept it at face value. Among its usual flaws are extensive rubbing to the bottoms of the boards (which seems to have a thinner skin than George W. Bush at a Mensa meeting), and tanning to the white lettering on the spine. The book needs to have the publishers logo -- an "R" in a circle on the copyright page -- accept no substitutions. It also seems to be a book that attracts jackets switched from later printings. A mimeographed offprint, The Foundation (1943 or 44) is seldom seen. Because of the popularity of the first book, most of Mailer's other books were published in plentiful numbers and can be found in acceptable condition with a little diligence.

We also offer a comprehensive Norman Mailer Bibliography and Price Guide.