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Roth, Philip (Author) & Miller, Ross (Editor). PHILIP ROTH: OPERATION SHYLOCK, SABBATH'S THEATER (NOVELS 1993-1995) . New York City, NY: The Library Of America, 2010. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 850 pages. As New/As New.

Volume Six 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 sixth volume presents "two novels that heralded the beginning of a more than decade-long creative explosion, one remarkable in an older writer and hailed by critics as unparalleled in American literary history. In the diabolically imaginative 'Operation Shylock' (1993), a character named Philip Roth encounters a look-alike who claims Roth's identity and who tours Israel promoting a bizarre reverse exodus of the Jews, proselytizing the 'real' Roth is intent on stopping, even if it means impersonating his impersonator. 'This splendidly wicked book' is how the critic Frank Kermode described 'Sabbath's Theater' (1995), a comic masterpiece of epic proportions whose gargantuan hero, Mickey Sabbath, grieving the loss of his unsurpassable mistress, embarks on a turbulent journey into his past besieged by the ghosts of those who loved and hated him most" (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 159853078X. $300.00

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