"Stop worrying about growing old. And think about growing up": First Edition of The Dying Animal; Signed by Philip Roth

  • The Dying Animal.

The Dying Animal.


Item Number: 157

Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2001.

First Edition. Octavo. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Signed by the author on the title page. Basis for the motion picture “Elegy” starring Ben Kingsley as David Kapesh.

No matter how much you know, no matter how much you think, no matter how much you plot and you connive and you plan, you?re not superior to sex. With these words our most unflaggingly energetic and morally serious novelist launches perhaps his fiercest book. The speaker is David Kepesh, white-haired and over sixty, an eminent cultural critic and star lecturer at a New York college?as well as an articulate propagandist of the sexual revolution. For years he has made a practice of sleeping with adventurous female students while maintaining an aesthete?s critical distance. But now that distance has been annihilated. "No one can come close to Roth’s comic genius and breadth of moral imperative" (The Boston Globe).

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