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Portnoy's Complaint
New York: Random House 1969 - . Limited numbered edition. Signed by Roth on the limitation page. One of 6000 copies, this copy #319. Publisher's coarse light beige cloth, lettered in gilt, red topstain; in the original light beige dust jacket, lettered in gray, housed in the publisher's red slipcase, with the limitation number handwritten to the spine in black. An excellent copy, with a hint of light wear to the extremities, else fine; unclipped dust jacket, with just a touch of toning to the spine, bright and fresh panels, slipcase with some light wear to extremities and a few spots of light soiling, else fine. Overall, a fine copy in a fine dust jacket and excellent slipcase. Portnoy's Complaint is the novel that is credited with transforming Roth from a promising young author into a major literary celebrity. The novel features the protagonist Alexander Portnoy, a young bachelor whose strong sexual desires and inability to achieve satisfaction results in his simultaneous self-loving and self-loathing. The text is structured as Portnoy's extended, continuous monologue in a singular therapy session with his psychoanalyst Dr. Spielvogel, to whom Portnoy divulges confessions of libido in scathing detail. A semi-autobiographical text, Portnoy's Complaint is infused with aspects of Roth's own life, including the protagonist's Jewish heritage and many of the New Jersey locations, such as Roth's alma mater Weequahic High School in Newark. Despite its controversial reception for its explicit descriptions of the protagonist's sexuality, Portnoy's Complaint is a widely acclaimed novel that served as the basis for the 1972 film of the same name written and directed by Ernest Lehman. Indeed, in his 1969 review for The New York Times, Josh Greenfeld proclaimed, "Don't feel the least bit guilty about enjoying it thoroughly: I know not since Catcher in the Rye have I read an American novel with such pleasure." [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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