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Roth, Philip (Author) & Miller, Ross (Editor). NOVELS AND OTHER NARRATIVES: THE COUNTERLIFE, THE FACTS, DECEPTION, PATRIMONY. New York City, NY: The Library Of America, 2008. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 765 pages. As New/As New.

Volume Five 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 fifth volume presents "four books that exemplify the description of Roth as a writer 'who never steps twice into the same river' " (Publisher's blurb). Every title in this volume is a Roth masterwork, entwining fiction and autobiography, which is essentially Roth's idea of the modern narrative: "The Counterlife" (1989), "The Facts" (1987), "Deception" (1990), and "Patrimony" (1991). "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 edition is now highly collectible. This is one of very few copies of the First "Library of America" Edition/First Printing still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. Beware: Almost all other copies available online are subsequent printings. A very scarce 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 copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER PHILIP ROTH TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1931082960. $70.00

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