Roth, Philip (Author/Subject) & Pierpont, Claudia Roth (Author). ROTH UNBOUND: A WRITER AND HIS BOOKS. New York City, NY: Farrar Straus & Giroux, 2014. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 355 pages. As New/As New.

The author's book-length critical biography on subject. The best such account on the life and achievement of Philip Roth thus far. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a tiny first print run as a hardcover original only. Presents Claudia Roth Pierpont's "Roth Unbound: A Writer And His Books". Please note: She is NOT related to Philip. "In 2012, Philip Roth famously declared that he was retiring, sending shudders of disbelief through the literary world. Drawing on conversations with Roth and featuring insightful close readings of his entire oeuvre, longtime New Yorker writer Pierpont offers a dazzling chronicle that traces moments from the author's life and explores the life of his art. Pierpont develops the story of Roth's writing chronologically, summarizing the plots and critical reception of each of his novels, from 'Goodbye, Columbus' (1959) to 'Nemesis' (2010). Pierpont declares 'Sabbath's Theater' a masterpiece of twentieth-century American literature: Coursing with life, dense with character and wisdom, it gives us the deepest experiences we face: Dying, remembering, holding on to each other, the startling impact of first knowledge. Her luminous and graceful study achieves what all good criticism should: It drives us to read and re-read Roth's work anew" (Robert Cornfield). The book explores work-defining aspects of Philip Roth's life that we discover for the very first time. While the (dull and boring) life of many other writers does not drive their work, Roth Pierpont shows us how in the case of the greatest living American writer, his life has had an almost deterministic character: It is the subject, not just the source of inspiration, of his body of work. Both the verisimilitude (in all of its concrete detail) and fabulism (in all of its imaginativeness) of his work come from Roth's seemingly ordinary and truly extraordinary American life. An absolute "must-have" title for Philip Roth and Claudia Roth Pierpont collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in blue ink-pen on the title page by Claudia Roth Pierpont. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Even more special, it is also very boldly and beautifully signed in black pen-marker on the title page (underneath Roth Pierpont's signature) by Philip Roth himself. This title is a contemporary classic. As far as we know, this is the only such double-signed copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing 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 0374280517. $300.00

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