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The Professor of Desire, by Philip Roth, follows David Kepesh through his personal journey as a sex-obsessed academic. Beginning in David’s childhood, the novel follows David Kepesh as he forges a modest career as a literature professor and attempts to navigate the obstacles of his own capricious desires. David explores the boundaries of desire and intellectualism as he navigates the unforeseen obstacles of his own personal life. The novel explores themes of sex, love, literature, identity, and adversity.

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