• Portnoy's Complaint

Portnoy’s Complaint.


Item Number: 2101

New York: Random House, 1969.

First edition. Octavo, original blue cloth. Near fine in a very good clipped (but not price-clipped) dust jacket that shows some sunning to the spine. Signed by the author on the title page.

Along with Saul Bellow's Herzog, Philip Roth's Portnoy's Complaint defined Jewish American literature in the 1960s. Roth's masterpiece takes place on the couch of a psychoanalyst, an appropriate jumping-off place for an insanely comical novel about the Jewish American experience. Roth has written several great books--Goodbye, Columbus and When She Was Good among them, but it is perhaps Portnoy's Complaint for which he is best known. "Philip Roth has the fineset eye for the details of American life since Sinclair Lewis" (Stanley Edgar Hyman).

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