New York: Random House, 1971.
Early printing of Roth’s fifth book. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to his lover and future wife Claire Bloom, “Jan 1972 To Claire- Fondly Philip Roth.” Roth first met Bloom in 1966, when they were both in earlier relationships. “To have such a mind as Philip Roth’s fixed on your every word and gesture is both daunting and extremely flattering”, she recalled of this first encounter. The couple finally began their relationship in 1975, and started living together at an early stage. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. An exceptional association copy.
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