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Roth, Philip. EXIT GHOST. New York City, NY: Houghton Mifflin, 2007. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 292 pages. As New/As New.

The author's eighth and final "Zuckerman" novel. One of the most important literary events of the year 2007. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. The title is alluringly and aptly allusive, as the very first Zuckerman novel is "The Ghost Writer". After more than a decade in rural New England, Nathan Zuckerman, now 71 years old, returns to New York City, to consult his doctor about the prostate condition that has left him incontinent and impotent (the two major setbacks in the Roth-ian universe, intimations of mortality, the third and final blow being death itself). "Roth being Roth, the plot is much more complicated than it at first appears. Within a few days of arriving in New York, Zuckerman accidentally encounters Amy Bellette, the woman who was once the muse/wife of his beloved idol, writer S. I. Lonoff. He also meets a young novelist, and promptly begins fantasizing about the writer's young and beautiful wife. There's also a sub-plot about a would-be Lonoff biographer, who enrages Zuckerman with his brashness and ambition, two qualities a faithful Roth reader cannot help ascribing to the young, sycophantic Zuckerman himself. Roth's voice is wise, rueful, and full of wit" (Publishers Weekly). The novel is "haunted by Roth's earlier works, the melancholy comedy of 'The Ghost Writer', the counterpoint of the imaginary and the real in 'The Counterlife', the distinctive dialogues of 'Deception'. A reminder of Roth's incomparable style and themes, and an amazing leap into yet another phase in this great writer's insatiable commitment to fiction" (Publisher's blurb). Philip Roth is indeed indefatigable, keeps surpassing himself, and his timing, as always, is perfect: The publication of "Exit Ghost" coincides with the much-anticipated release of the groundbreaking Zuckerman Trilogy itself ("The Ghost Writer", "Zuckerman Unbound", and "The Anatomy Lesson") as the fourth volume in The Library of America's definitive series of Philip Roth's Complete Works, the only living writer so honored. A "must-have" title for Philip Roth collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black fountain pen on the title page by Philip Roth. This title will become as collectible as all of Philip Roth's other major titles. This is one of extremely few signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. Other copies are stamped with the bookstore's name, a marking on the book that surely makes it less collectible as such. A very scarce signed copy thus. Winner of every major literary award: The National Book Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, all of which he won twice. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1997 for "American Pastoral". Recipient of the National Medal For The Arts in 1998. Recipient of the Gold Medal from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2002. Six of Philip Roth's novels were selected as among the Top 20 works of American fiction of the last 25 years: "American Pastoral", "The Counterlife", "Operation Shylock", "Sabbath's Theater", "The Human Stain", and "The Plot Against America". Philip Roth won the very first PEN/Saul Bellow Award in 2007 for "a distinguished living American author of fiction whose body of work in English possesses qualities of excellence, ambition, and scale of achievement over a sustained career which place him in the highest rank of American literature". One of the greatest living writers. A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER PHILIP ROTH TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0618915478. $200.00

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