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113. Exit Ghost, a novel by Philip Roth, with 16 illustrations by R. B. Kitaj.

Exit Ghost, the last of Philip Roth’s nine novels about Nathan Zukerman, with 16 illustrations by R. B. Kitaj, including a frontispiece portrait of the author, and a note on the origins of the project by publisher Andrew Hoyem. Fall 2018.

 

Roth portrait by R.B. Kitaj

 

A Jew in Love (Philip Roth) 1988, 89

The Arion Press is proud to announce its publication of Exit Ghost, the 2007 novel by the great American writer Philip Roth, alongside art work by his close friend the American painter R. B. Kitaj. We had long hoped to include Philip Roth in the Arion Press publishing program, but were waiting for inspiration on how to present his work, mainly on the question of an artist to illustrate one of his novels. In this case we ran out of patience and made the offer without an artist in mind. As luck would have it, Roth’s choice drove the choice of the artist and the scheme for the illustrations.

The edition is not signed as planned. Roth died on May 22, 2018, at the age of 85. The novel’s title comes from a stage direction in the first act of Shakespeare’s Hamlet when Hamlet’s father’s ghost refuses to answer questions and then disappears. His protagonist Nathan Zuckerman, elderly and debilitated by prostate surgery, has left the stage. So has Philip Roth.

Critic Charles McGrath wrote in the New York Times obituary, “he was a pre-eminent figure in twentieth-century literature, a prolific, protean, and often blackly comic novelist”. He won every prize except the Nobel. When the singer Bob Dylan was awarded that prize, Roth did not express outrage but instead the hope that the next winners would be the folk-singers Peter Paul and Mary.

In an interview with McGrath in the New York Times Magazine of January 16, 2018, entitled, “No longer writing, Philip Roth still has plenty to say”, Roth was asked what he had been reading recently. “Just in the past week, I read books by two friends, Edna O’Brien’s wise little biography of James Joyce and an engagingly eccentric autobiography, Confessions of an Old Jewish Painter, by one of my dearest dead friends, the great American artist R. B. Kitaj.”

Arion Press publisher Andrew Hoyem was also a friend of the artist. This is the fifth Arion book with artworks by Kitaj, following Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror by Frank O’Hara in 1984, Kaddish by Allen Ginsberg in 1992, A Coney Island of the Mind by Lawrence Ferlinghetti in 2005, and The Waste Land by T. S. Eliot in 2007.

We are pleased to reunite Philip Roth and his friend R. B. Kitaj in this publication.

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Format:  Large octavo, 9-3/4 inches x 7 inches, 290 pages, printed by letterpress, full cloth binding with slipcase. Thirteen illustrations in color, three in black and white including the front cover portrait. The edition is limited to 275 numbered copies for sale and 26 lettered copies hors de commerce. The price is $800.

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Format: Large octavo, 9-3/4 inches x 7 inches, 290 pages, printed by letterpress, full cloth binding with slipcase. Thirteen illustrations in color, three in black and white. The edition is limited to 275 numbered copies for sale. The price is $800.

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