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Roth, Philip (Author) & Miller, Ross (Editor). PHILIP ROTH: THE GREAT AMERICAN NOVEL, MY LIFE AS A MAN, THE PROFESSOR OF DESIRE (NOVELS 1973-1977) . New York City, NY: The Library Of America, 2006. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 912 pages. As New/As New.

Volume Three of The Library of America's definitive Collected Works of Philip Roth. The first appearance of the titles in this edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. The First Edition is now very scarce. Philip Roth is only the third living American writer to be so honored by The Library of America. Published in chronological order, the entire oeuvre consists of nine volumes in all and will surely be regarded as one of the "high spots" in The Library of America Series. Printed to absolutely the highest standards on acid-free paper, utilizing sewn binding, closely woven rayon cloth boards, satin bound-in ribbon marker, and a page layout that is both readable and elegant, each volume is guaranteed to last for several generations of readers and collectors (despite frequent and regular use, the estimated life span of Library of America Editions is 1000 years; un-used, they will last forever). The third volume presents "three markedly different novels that together trace a crucial period in the bold evolution of one of America's indispensable novelists. Surely the funniest novel ever written about baseball, 'The Great American Novel' (1973) turns our national pastime into unfettered picaresque farce. The cast of improbable characters includes Gil Gamesh, the pitcher who actually tried to kill the umpire, John Baal, the ex-con first baseman, and the House Un-American Activities Committee. 'My Life as a Man' (1974), Roth's most blistering novel, presents the treacherous world of Strindberg nearly a century later in the story of a fierce marital tragedy of obsession and blindness and desperate need. 'The Professor of Desire' (1977), the novel that prompted Milan Kundera to proclaim Roth 'a great historian of modern eroticism', follows an adventurous man of intelligence and feeling into and out of the tempting wilderness of erotic possibility" (Publisher's blurb). "One knows when one is reading something that will permanently enter the culture" (Cynthia Ozick). "Our foremost novelist since Faulkner" (Harold Bloom). Philip Roth famously announced in 2012 that he has permanently stopped writing. Volume Eight and Volume Nine appeared in late-February 2013 and complete the Series. A "must-have" edition for Philip Roth collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Philip Roth. This edition is now highly collectible. This is one of very few signed copies of the First "Library of America" Edition/First Printing still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. Other copies are stamped with the bookstore's name (some of the dealers don't say so), a marking on the book that surely makes it less collectible as such. Roth has not made public appearances or done signings in a very long time so signed copies of The Collected Works are now highly collectible. 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 flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER PHILIP ROTH TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1931082960. $300.00

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