In today's Wall Street Journal, Sam Sacks reviews the new Library of America volume Norman Mailer: The Naked and the Dead & Selected Letters 1945-1946. Sacks writes:
That debut was sometimes criticized for its pessimism, but rereading it in this anniversary edition left me with a different impression. Its drive, its doggedness and its inexhaustible curiosity exude a glow of idealism amid its darkness. An ambitious first novel is, by definition, an act of hope.
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