Signed 60 Franklin Library The NAKED and the DEAD Norman Mailer WW2 Military

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Seller: wowbooks (3,842) 100%, Location: North East, Pennsylvania, Ships to: US, Item: 123646486192 THE NAKED and THE DEAD By the late Norman Mailer Illustrated by Alan Cober The Franklin Library"Signed 60" Limited EditionSigned by the AuthorBeautiful Binding in Heavy Genuine LeatherPremium Quality This gilt decorated leather bound book is 9.5“ x 6.5“. It was published in 1979. There is a special introduction message by the author. No Longer Available from the Publisher Before he turned seventeen, Normal Mailer decided to be a “major writer.” This desire came upon him quite suddenly. Throughout December 1939 and January 1940, while completing his first semester at Harvard, he read and reread The Grapes of Wrath, Studs Lonigan, and U.S.A. He would later study the works of Hemingway, Wolfe, and Faulkner, but it was to Steinbeck, Farrell and Dos Passos that Mailer owed his major literary inspiration during this pivotal phase of his life. By the time America was enmeshed in World War II, Mailer had decided that his literary apprenticeship was over. “I may as well confess,” he said later, “that by December 8th or 9th of 1941, in the forty-eight hours after Pearl Harbor, while worthy young men were wondering where they could be of aid to the war effort, and practical young men were deciding which branch of service was the surest for landing a safe commission, I was worrying darkly whether it would be more likely that a great was novel would be written about Europe or the Pacific, and the longer I thought, the less doubt there was in my mind. Europe was the place.” In writing a short novel entitled A Calculus at Heaven a year later, Mailer nevertheless chose to set it in the Pacific theater of operations. He did so, first, because Americans were already engaged in action there. Then, too, the Pacific war had “reactionary” overtones, which his “young progressive-liberal nose” had scented. But most importantly, Mailer felt a novel about war in the Pacific would not require the writer’s deep knowledge of European culture in order to treat the impact of America on it. “To try a major novel about the last war of Europe,” he recounted some years later, “without a sense of the past is to fail in the worst way – as an overambitious and opportunistic slick.” In January 1944, after his graduation from Harvard, Mailer was drafted into the U.S. Army and was sent to the Philippines. It was there, in front-line duty with an intelligence and reconnaissance unit, that Mailer witnessed the combat he would later fictionalize in the greatest of his novels. Mailer’s fiction and non-fiction are distinguished by their critique of authoritarianism in America. In all of his work, it is the person, and individual integrity, that must be fought for and preserved; the organization, whether army, state, or industry, is the potential enemy to be overcome. The genius of The Naked and the Dead lies in its uncanny perception of the individual’s role within the military organization. Both as a manifestation of contemporary society and as a weapon of conquest, the United States Army in war and peace is here revealed in its awesome complexity. This remarkable book, at once dramatic and powerful, honest and moving, is perhaps the best novel to emerge from World War II. The Naked and the Dead marked Normal Mailer as one of the finest authors of our time. Norman Mailer was born on January 31, 1923 in Long Branch, New Jersey. He died on November 10, 2007, in New York.o ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Franklin Library "Signed 60" collection is widely considered to be one of the most spectacular and valuable of the Franklin Library or Easton Press collections. All titles in the 60 Signed Limited Editions series were privately printed between 1977 and 1982 and signed by the author. They are bound in genuine leather, with gilt page edges, 22k gold accents, and sewn-in bookmarks. As Franklin Library closed in 2000, all titles in the 60 Signed Limited Editions series are out of print with many considered very rare. This luxurious collection includes Tennessee Williams - Selected Plays, Kurt Vonnegut - Slaughterhouse Five, Jean-Paul Sartre - Five Plays, Truman Capote - Other Voices, Other Rooms, Joseph Heller - Catch 22, Robert Penn Warren - All the King's Men, and many more.In addition to their gorgeous leather bindings, Franklin Library Press books are known for their interior illustrations. The Franklin Library commissioned fine art illustrations from known artists for many of their titles. These illustrations were commissioned to be used only for that particular Franklin Library book, and cannot be found anywhere else. Exclusive Leather-Bound Collector's Edition Genuine Premium LeatherMoire Silk End SheetsPermanent Satin Ribbon Page Marker22-karat Gold Gilded Page EdgesArchival 50 lb. Paper to Prevent Tanning Luxurious Spines Hubbed with Raised Ring The FINE binding is truly EXQUISITE. Feast your eyes on the GILT lettering to front,rear and spine as you touch the delicate design while you sniff the tantalizing scent of rich leather....... This book is bound in Genuine Leather, and accented with 22k gold. Each book from the Easton Press is a Collector Edition that is as magnificent to see, touch and smell as it is to read. There is typical lightening to edges of inside silk end-leaves-giving them a vintage,antique patina. There are a few ultra light scuffs to 1 gilt edge of textblock. There are NO previous owner names,marks or bookplates. Book looks in unread condition. Don’t miss this chance to own this wonderful, SIGNED First Edition treasure . This SUPERB book will be a true asset to your collection and will be highly valued for many future generations! These Franklin Library books look STUNNING on a shelf or table. They add an elegant accent to the decor of any room. What an AMAZING gift for a special person or for yourself!!!!! FREE Media Rate shipping with Delivery Confirmation. I will package your book with the utmost care and ship within 1 business day of receiving your Paypal payment. MEDIA mail takes(5-7+ days) to be delivered by the Postal Service- depends on your zip. Pennsylvania residents must add 6% State Sales Tax. Payment must be received upon purchase. IMPORTANT!!! If you want this sent to a relative or friend YOU MUST CHANGE the SHIP TO address on your Paypal Payment. You can easily do this during the last step before confirming order/payment-click on change address & put in recipients correct address. Per Ebay /Paypal rules Sellers MUST ship to address stated on Paypal payment.Your books will be packaged with great care and shipped in a sturdy, protective box. Condition: BEAUTIFUL! Please see description below., Year Printed: 1979, Modified Item: No, Country/Region of Manufacture: United States, Binding: Fine Binding, Illustrator: Alan Cober, Author: Norman Mailer, Subject: Literature & Fiction, Language: English, Character Family: Signed Limited Edition, Publisher: Franklin Library, Special Attributes: Signed, Topic: Military World War 2

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