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Roth, Philip. THE DYING ANIMAL. Boston, MA: Houghton And Mifflin, 2001. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 156 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's short novel. One of Philip Roth's finest achievements. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. The First Edition is now very scarce. Presents Philip Roth's "The Dying Animal", which inaugurates his extended and productive departure from the full-fledged novel to the novella ("short novel" describes Roth's accomplishment more accurately). The phase culminates in his brilliant "Nemeses" quartet. Revisits David Kepesh, now an old man, who first appeared in "The Breast" (1972) and subsequently in "The Professor of Desire" (1977). Describes with a delicate balance of pathos and irony the elegiac encounter between erotic desire and old age: "David Kepesh is an eminent cultural critic and star lecturer at a New York college as well as an articulate propagandist of the sexual revolution. For years, he has made a practice of sleeping with adventurous female students while maintaining an aesthete's critical distance. But now that distance has been annihilated. When he becomes involved with Consuela Castillo, the humblingly beautiful daughter of Cuban exiles, Kepesh finds himself dragged helplessly, bitterly, furiously into the quagmire of sexual jealousy and loss. In chronicling this descent, Philip Roth performs a breathtaking set of variations on the themes of eros and mortality" (Publisher's blurb). The basis of the very fine film adaptation, "Elegy", by Isabel Coixet, with career-defining performances by Ben Kingsley and Penelope Cruz. A "must-have" title for Philip Roth collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Philip Roth. It is signed directly on the title page itself, not on a tipped-in page, as many copies available online are even though they are not indicated as such. This title is now highly collectible. This is one of very few signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. 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". One of the greatest living writers. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER PHILIP ROTH TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0618135871. $400.00

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