First Edition of Philip Roth's The Facts: A Novelist's Autobiography; Signed by Him

  • The Facts: A Novelist’s Autobiography.

The Facts: A Novelist’s Autobiography.


Item Number: 165

New York: Farrar Straus and Giroux, 1988.

First edition of Roth’s autobiography. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Philip Roth on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Milton Glaser.

Philip Roth concentrates on five episodes from his life: his secure city childhood in the thirties and forties; his education in American life at a conventional college; his passionate entanglement, as an ambitious young man, with the angriest person he ever met (the "girl of my dreams" Roth calls her); his clash, as a fledgling writer, with a Jewish establishment outraged by Goodbye, Columbus; and his discovery, in the excesses of the sixties, of an unmined side to his talent that led him to write Portnoy's Complaint. "The Facts is a lively and serious version of a novelist's life" (Thomas R. Edwards, New York Review of Books).

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