[Item #5004] The Professor of Desire. Philip Roth.
The Professor of Desire
The Professor of Desire
The Professor of Desire
The Professor of Desire

The Professor of Desire

New York, NY: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1977. First Printing. Hardcover. “Philip Roth’s new book is the story of an adventurous man of intelligence and feeling trying to make his way to both pleasure and dignity through a world of sensual possibilities” (from front flap). That adventurous man is David Kepesh, a literature professor first seen in Roth’s 1972 novella The Breast, in which Kepesh is turned into a 155 lb. breast reminiscent of Kafka’s Metamorphosis. Roth’s eighth novel is a continuation of his favorite theme of desire and what happens when a man attempts to find his identity through his sexual desires. Kepesh moves from place to place and person to person searching to understand himself and his desire against the backdrop of the literary figures he admires, such as Chekhov and Kafka. Roth is known for his semi-autobiographical fiction where the line between fiction and reality is blurred. His work also explores social and political themes, and was given the rare honor of being canonized by the Library of America before he died. He taught creative writing at SUNY at Stony Brook, University of Iowa, and Princeton University, then moved on to teach comparative literature at University of Pennsylvania until he retired from teaching in 1991. [ISBN: 77-24032]. First Trade Hardcover Edition in unclipped dust-jacket; First Printing, as stated on copyright page. Book in very fine condition, with only slightest shelf-wear to fine-edges & corners. Interior very fine except for some browning on the top edge of the pages and turn-ins, and a lone tiny black dot on the fore-edge. Dust-jacket in fine condition; slight yellowing on the spine of the dust jacket and some indenting throughout. Very Fine / Fine. [Item #5004]

Price: $20.00

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