The Naked and the Dead
Rinehart and Company, Inc, 1948. 721 pages. The author's debut novel, which shot to the top of the New York Times Best Seller list and stayed there for eleven weeks. Mailer would go on to win two Pulitzer Prizes. Based in part on the author's experiences in World War II.
First edition (first printing) with the Rinehart logo on copyright page. Light edge wear else a fine copy in a dust jacket with a light hint of toning and wear to the spine head. An exceptional copy as noted by the exuberant inscription by the author to Donald Kaufmann: "Don, this may be the finest copy extant of the Naked and the Dead. Cheers, yes. Norman Mailer." Kaufmann published one of the first critical studies of Mailer, Norman Mailer: The Countdown (The First Twenty Years).