Item #5757 MY LIFE AS A MAN – INSCRIBED TO ALISON LURIE. Philip Roth.
MY LIFE AS A MAN – INSCRIBED TO ALISON LURIE

MY LIFE AS A MAN – INSCRIBED TO ALISON LURIE

New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1974. First Edition. Roth's eighth novel, and the first to feature his recurring character Nathan Zuckerman, who over the following decade would figure prominently in The Ghost Writer (1979), Zuckerman Unbound (1981), The Anatomy Lesson (1983), and The Prague Orgy (1985). A significant association copy inscribed to Alison Lurie (1926-2020), winner of the 1984 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and one of the dedicatees of Roth's third novel, When She Was Good. When Lurie was interviewed by Liz Lear in 1988 and asked if any other writers had been supportive of her work, or if there was one in particular to whom she owed a debt of gratitude, she mentioned Edward Hower, Diane Johnson, and Roth. "Philip Roth has also been most helpful. He read a number of my earlier books and his constructive criticism was invaluable" (Key West Review, Vol.1, No.1, Spring 1988). Roth was known for not inscribing books casually, and those with inscriptions of a close, meaningful nature, have never been plentiful. Item #5757

First Printing. Octavo (23.25cm); red cloth, with titling and author's initials stamped in gilt on spine and front cover; dark grey topstain; dustjacket; [xiv],330,[8]pp. Inscribed by the author two months prior to publication to Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Alison Lurie, following the front endpaper: "April 1974 / To my dear old pal Alison / With love – Philip." Spine a bit rolled, board edges slightly splayed, else contents clean; Very Good+. Dustjacket is unclipped (priced $8.95), lightly edgeworn, with a diagonal crease to upper front flap fold, and a few thin scratches along the rear joint; Very Good+.

Price: $850.00

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