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Philip Roth: Novels 1973-1977 (Library of America)

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Publisher Comments:

This third volume of The Library of America's definitive edition of Philip Roth's collected works presents three markedly different novels that together trace a crucial period in the bold evolution of one of America's indispensable novelists.

In The Great American Novel (1973), a hilarious, bizarre, strangely poignant tall tale of American pieties and American lunacy, Roth lifts the lid on the suppressed history of the homeless Ruppert Mundys of baseball's despised and vanquished third major league, turning the national pastime into unfettered picaresque farce. The cast of improbable characters includes: Gil Gamesh, the pitcher who actually tried to kill the umpire; John Baal, the ex-con first baseman, "The Babe Ruth of the Big House," who never hit a home run sober; and the House Un-American Activities Committee.

My Life as a Man (1974) is Roth's most blistering novel, the savage, sometimes lurid account of the all-out battle waged between the young writer Peter Tarnopol and the wife who is his nemesis, his demon, and his muse. This is the treacherous world of Strindberg nearly a century later: the story of a fierce marital tragedy of obsession and blindness and desperate need.

The volume closes with The Professor of Desire (1977), which charts the second sexual metamorphosis of David Kepesh, protagonist of The Breast. Roth follows Kepesh, an adventurous man of intelligence and feeling, into a vast wilderness of erotic possibility. The Professor of Desire is the troublingly affecting novel about the dilemmas of desire that prompted Milan Kundera to proclaim Roth "a great historian of modern eroticism."

Review:

"We now see two things clearly that were not clear before: One is that Philip Roth is America's greatest living novelist; the other is that, taken in sequence, his fictions constitute a landmark in the history of literary modernism." Los Angeles Times

About the Author

Philip Roth, acclaimed author of Portnoy's Complaint, The Human Stain and many other works of fiction, is the recipient of numerous awards, including the National Medal of Arts from the White House.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781931082969
Author:
Miller, Ross
Publisher:
Library of America
Author:
Roth, Phillip
Author:
Roth, Philip
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series:
Library of America
Series Volume:
165
Publication Date:
20061131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
906
Dimensions:
8.18x5.30x1.16 in. 1.31 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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