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The Naked and the Dead


The Naked and the Dead is the debut novel by Norman Mailer, published in 1948 by Rinehart & Company. It depicts the wartime experiences of a platoon, based partially on Mailer's experiences as a cook with the 112th Cavalry Regiment during the Philippines Campaign in World War II. Published when he was 25 years old, the novel quickly became a bestseller, paving the way for other works such as The Deer Park, Advertisements for Myself, and The Time of Our Time. Mailer believed The Naked and the Dead to be his most renowned work. It became the first popular novel about World War II and is considered one of the greatest English-language novels. It was later adapted into a film in 1958. 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.
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original title: The Naked and the Dead
language: English
date of publication: 1948
genre: novel
main subject: World War II
followed by: Barbary Shore

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