Philip Roth's Our Gang; Inscribed by Him to His Lover and Future Wife Claire Bloom

  • Our Gang.
  • Our Gang.
  • Our Gang.

Our Gang.


Item Number: 84783

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.

A ferocious political satire in the great tradition, Our Gang" is Philip Roth's brilliantly indignant response to the phenomenon of Richard M. Nixon. In the character of Trick E. Dixon, Roth shows us a man who outdoes the severest cynic, a peace-loving Quaker and believer in the sanctity of human life who doesn't have a problem with killing unarmed women and children in self-defense. A master politician with an honest sneer, he finds himself battling the Boy Scouts, declaring war on Pro-Pornography Denmark, all the time trusting in the basic indifference of the voting public. "Brilliant satire in the real Swift tradition" (Anthony Burgess).

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