Roth, Philip (Author) & Miller, Ross (Editor). AMERICAN PASTORAL, I MARRIED A COMMUNIST, THE HUMAN STAIN: THE AMERICAN TRILOGY. New York City, NY: The Library Of America, 2011. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 1095 pages. Fine.

Volume Seven 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 was sold to the public. The Slipcased Edition has the same ISBN as the regular trade edition. The Slipcased Edition is now rare. Printed to 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). Presents Volume Seven of The Collected Works of Philip Roth: "American Pastoral", "I Married A Communist", and "The Human Stain". Gathers together the masterly American Trilogy, a milestone in contemporary literature. "In 'American Pastoral' (1997), Swede Levov is wrenched from the tranquillity of his domestic life and into the turbulent 1960's by his cherished daughter, an antiwar terrorist. 'I Married A Communist' (1998), a story of betrayal set in America's anti-Communist 1940's, recounts the rise and fall of radio star Ira Ringold, exposed by his wife as 'an American taking his orders from Moscow'. 'The Human Stain' (2000) is set in 1998, when America is whipped into a frenzy of prurience by the impeachment of the President. In a small New England college town, an aging Classics professor, Coleman Silk, is forced to retire when his colleagues decree that he is a racist. The charge is a lie, but the real truth about Silk would astonish his most virulent accuser" (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 was only the third writer to be so honored by The Library of America while still alive. Published in chronological order, the entire oeuvre consists of ten volumes in all and will surely be regarded as one of the "high spots" in The Library of America Series. Roth famously announced in 2012 that he has permanently stopped writing. 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. These titles are great books. This is one of few copies of the First "Library of America" Slipcased Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: The First Slipcased Edition was distributed to libraries and LOA subscribers only. None of the copies was sold to the public. A rare 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 1598531034. $150.00

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