Date Published: 1948 to 1997
Binding: Hard & Soft cover
Norman Mailer was an American novelist, journalist, playwright, and political candidate. His novel The Naked and the Dead (1948) brought him early and wide renown.
The collection has 8 items dating from 1948 to 1997, specifically 6 letters, 1 signed book and 1 signed envelope.
6 Typed Letters Signed (TLS):
• TLS to Ken Browne, 12 April 1965, with envelope, thanks Browne for his warm letter, can’t send him a photo of himself, recalls passing through Phoenix and Mesa sometime ago.
• TLS 4 June 1972, declining her invitation to speak in Italy (“working on a novel all winter and so not in a mood to travel or debate”) to Irma Antonetto, Associazione Culturale Italiana, who was the creator of the Italian Cultural Association and in forty-six years of activity she had brought to Italy over 400 personalities including philosophers, scientists, writers, Nobel laureates.
• TLS to Paul [Lomartire], 7 January 1973, “Of course I remember you…”, mentions his mother.
• TLS to Robert A. Allen, Jr., 25 February 1974, thanking him for his kind birthday wishes. • TLS to Ken Browne, 24 June 1974, with envelope, thanking him for his warm letter, looking forward to meeting Browne and his wife in Mesa, remembering being in Mesa 20 years ago while visiting an uncle seeking relief from his asthma in Tucson.
• TLS to Pat Menasche, 14 January 1996, apologizes for his tardy reply (forwarded from Grove Atlantic) and “embroiled in writing several articles against tight deadlines”, just re-read the book and will answer the questions.
1 signed book:
• The Naked and the Dead. New York: Rinehart and Company, Inc. 1948. First edition, advance review copy in original wrappers. Karov dust jacket art. Mailer's first novel, an epic work about World War II. Very good in wrappers however back wrapper separated, modest edge wear, spine bowed somewhat. Signed bookplate on the front free endpaper.
In 1998, the Modern Library ranked The Naked and the Dead 51st on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century.
1 signed envelope:
• Americana series, freedom to speak out, root of democracy, signed envelope, post-marked 8 December 1977.
Collection on consignment with LDRB
Good. Item #8328