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May 4, 2013

Mailer, The Naked and the Dead

Norman Mailer    (1923 - 2007)

Norman Mailer
(1923 – 2007)

On this day in 1948 Norman Mailer’s first novel, The Naked and the Dead was published. A front-page editorial in the London Sunday Times lobbied to have the book withdrawn for its “incredibly foul and beastly,” language, but most reviewers ranked it among the best war novels, and conferred upon Mailer a celebrity status that he claimed to regret.

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