April 17, 2014

CCLaP Rare: All nine 'Nathan Zuckerman' novels by Philip Roth, First Editions First Printings

All nine 'Nathan Zuckerman' novels by Philip Roth, First Editions First Printings

All nine 'Nathan Zuckerman' novels by Philip Roth, First Editions First Printings

All nine 'Nathan Zuckerman' novels by Philip Roth, First Editions First Printings

All nine 'Nathan Zuckerman' novels by Philip Roth, First Editions First Printings

All nine 'Nathan Zuckerman' novels by Philip Roth, First Editions First Printings

All nine 'Nathan Zuckerman' novels by Philip Roth, First Editions First Printings

All nine 'Nathan Zuckerman' novels by Philip Roth, First Editions First Printings

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The Ghost Writer (1979)
Zuckerman Unbound (1981)
The Anatomy Lesson (1983)
The Prague Orgy (1985)
The Counterlife (1986)
American Pastoral (1997)
I Married a Communist (1998)
The Human Stain (2000)
Exit Ghost (2007)
By Philip Roth
First Edition, First Printing

DESCRIPTION: Few projects will ever give us a better view of the entire Postmodernist era of the arts (being defined here as the 40-year period between Kennedy's assassination and 9/11) than Philip Roth's remarkable nine-book "Nathan Zuckerman" series, a trail of connected autobiographical stories that just happen by coincidence to tell the story of America's entire history between Vietnam and the War On Terror. Started in the late 1970s as a way for Roth to look back at his own start as a writer, the first four titles of this series are more historical fiction than anything else, which like Roth's own life follow the adventures of a young Jewish intellectual in the post-war years, as he first develops a serious academic reputation in the early '60s among such prestige locations as The New Yorker, then explodes into the popular culture during the hippie years for his scandalous portrait of a sexy, nebbish, overly onanistic young countercultural urban Jew, and his troubles with both the opposite sex and his oppressive Holocaust-surviving relatives, essentially laying the groundwork for the mainstream popularity decades later of Seinfeld.

After a decade-long break from the books in the '80s, then, Roth returned to Zuckerman's life with 1997's American Pastoral, but now with Zuckerman mostly as the framing character for his friends' contemporary tales, thus entering us into the most successful period of Roth the author's career; Pastoral won the Pulitzer Prize, 2000's The Human Stain won the PEN/Faulkner, and basically all the Zuckerman books he wrote in these years were each massive bestsellers, even while Roth won such overall career accolades in these years as the National Medal of Arts, an honorary doctorate from Harvard, and the gold medal from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. A shining highlight of any book collector's library, and especially those who concentrate in modern first editions, this complete collection of all nine Zuckerman novels is priced today at the premium it deserves, excitedly awaiting its new home.

CONDITION: Texts: Very Good (VG) to Like New. Essentially all nine are in a condition similar to how they appeared brand new, with the following exceptions (see photos for more): A glue stain on the front inside endpaper of The Ghost Writer, from where a bookplate was forcibly removed; and a previous owner's signature in ink on the front inside endpaper of The Human Stain. Dust jackets: Very Good (VG) to Like New. Again, most of these dust jackets are very similar to how they appeared brand new, except for a few small tears in American Pastoral and Exit Ghost, and with the dust jacket of The Ghost Writer clearly starting to show its age. PLEASE NOTE BEFORE BIDDING that this collection's copy of the ultra-scarce The Prague Orgy is actually the first edition, first printing of the paperback; all other eight books are the first edition, first printing of the hardback.

MINIMUM BID: US$450 / BUY THIS MOMENT FOR $900 To the eBay auction

Filed by Jason Pettus at 7:00 AM, April 17, 2014. Filed under: CCLaP Rare | Literature | Profiles |