First Edition of The Professor of Desire; Inscribed by Philip Roth to Novelist Jack Leggett
The Professor of Desire.
Item Number: 5481
New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1977.
First edition of Roth’s second book in a series portraying the life of the fictional professor David Kapesh. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to Jack Leggett, “To Jack Philip Aug. 1977.” Leggett was a biographer and literary mentor and head of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where Philip Roth taught. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Nannette Stevenson. A nice association.
The Professor of Desire follows protagonist David Kepesh, who moves between a life of scholarship and carnal adventure. "A thoughtful...elegant novel.... A fine display of literary skills." (The New York Times Book Review).