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Roth, Philip. I MARRIED A COMMUNIST: THE LIMITED EDITION. Boston, MA: Houghton And Mifflin, 1998. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 323 pages. Fine.

The author's eighteenth novel. One of Philip Roth's finest achievements. Limited Slipcased Edition of 200 numbered and signed copies. Precedes and should not be confused with the regular trade edition. Should not be confused with the un-numbered Franklin Mint Edition either. It has the same ISBN as the regular trade edition. The Limited Edition is now rare. A brilliant production by Houghton And Mifflin: Regular-sized volume format. "Communist"-color red cloth boards with gilt titles embossed on the cover and spine, as issued. Text by Philip Roth. Black hard board slipcase. Without DJ, as issued. Presents, in its Limited Edition format, Philip Roth's "I Married A Communist". The second book in the author's American Trilogy, preceded by "American Pastoral" (1997) and completed by "The Human Stain" (2000), novels that are unified by an underlying theme that is more relevant, and more poignant, than ever: The gradual and seemingly irreversible erosion and decline of American democracy as well as family and personal lives in the middle-to-late 20th century. "Narrates the story of Ira Ringold, a supremely idealistic political radical and celebrated radio star of the 1950's, who is blacklisted and brought to ruin when his wife, Eva Frame, writes an expose called 'I Married A Communist'. Roth's evocation of the McCarthy Era has clarity and vigor" (Publishers Weekly). "Roth's acerbic style and keen eye for emotional detail goes to the heart of this moment of high tragedy in which the American Dream was damaged beyond repair" (Lisa Jardine). In a lifetime of prodigious writing, there have been no more than ten Philip Roth Limited Editions in all, making each one of them eminently collectible. Surely, Roth deserved more, and were it not for his fraught relationship with FSG, he would have gotten more. Instead, he had to settle for Franklin Mint editions, which are strictly speaking, NOT Limited Editions because the limitation is never stated. "For the last half-century, the novels of Philip Roth have re-energized American fiction and re-defined its possibilities. Roth's comic genius, his imaginative daring, his courage in exploring uncomfortable truths, and his assaults on political, cultural, and sexual orthodoxies have made him one of the essential writers of our time" (Ross Miller). Philip Roth died on May 22, 2018 of congestive heart failure, literally of heartbreak, at the age of 85. An absolute "must-have" title for Philip Roth collectors. This copy is one of the Limited Slipcased Edition, indicated/numbered as such on the Front Limitation Page. It is very boldly and beautifully signed in black ink-pen by Philip Roth. This title is a late-modern classic. This is one of few copies of the Limited Edition still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Should NOT be confused with the regular trade edition. Should NOT be confused with the un-numbered Franklin Mint Edition either. 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 writers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER PHILIP ROTH TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0395951062. $400.00

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