Roth, Philip (Author) & Miller, Ross (Editor). WHEN SHE WAS GOOD, PORTNOY'S COMPLAINT, OUR GANG, THE BREAST (NOVELS 1967-1972) . New York City, NY: The Library Of America, 2007. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 645 pages. As New.

Volume Two of The Library of America's definitive Collected Works of Philip Roth. The First Slipcased Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a Slipcased Edition for distribution to libraries and LOA subscribers only. None of the copies were sold to the public. The Slipcased Edition has the same ISBN as the regular trade edition. The Slipcased Edition is now rare. 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). Without DJ, as issued. The second volume presents four extraordinarily diverse works which show the range and originality of Philip Roth's fictional art. "The range and inventiveness of Roth's fiction is dazzlingly displayed: The somber and penetrating realism of 'When She Was Good' (1967); the daring verbal wit of his comic masterpiece 'Portnoy's Complaint' (1969), which made Roth a reluctant literary celebrity; the unrestrained political satire of 'Our Gang' (1971), his Swiftian takedown of the Nixon administration; and the fantasy of 'The Breast' (1972), featuring the debut of Roth protagonist David Kepesh as he endures a metamorphosis worthy of Kafka or Gogol" (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. The First Slipcased Edition was distributed to libraries and LOA subscribers only. None of the copies were sold to the public. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the First "Library of America" Slipcased Edition/First Printing available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. 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 very 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 1931082804. $400.00

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