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Philip Roth: Portnoy's Complaint and American Pastoral author dies at 85

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/may/23/philip-roth-portnoys-complaint-and-american-pastoral-author-dies-aged-85

'The novelist Philip Roth, who explored America through the contradictions of his own character for more than six decades, died on Tuesday aged 85.

Roth’s career began in notoriety and ended in authority, as he grappled with questions of identity, authorship, morality and mortality in a series of novels that shaped the course of American letters in the second half of the 20th century. He refracted the complexities of his Jewish-American heritage in works such as Portnoy’s Complaint, American Pastoral, The Human Stain and The Plot Against America, which garnered both critical and commercial success, garlanding their creator with a dazzling succession of literary prizes...'


Me and the Monkey: How Philip Roth Created Literature for Female Dirtbags, Too

https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2018/05/how-philip-roth-created-literature-for-female-dirtbags-too

'On a first date when I was 21, a guy recommended that I read Philip Roth, so I went to a bookstore and bought a copy of Portnoy’s Complaint. I’ve since learned that this is something of a cliche, and that I probably should have been offended, but I was young and eager to please, so I read it.

The guy ghosted me—the last text I sent him was a 'Just finished, what a fucking book!' that he never responded to—but I didn’t really mind. I had, at last, found a person in the world who was as lewd, demented, solipsistic, and petty as I worried I was in my worst moments—that was Alexander Portnoy. And in his creator, I saw some kind of wisdom, if only I could soak it all in...'

 

The Presence of Philip Roth

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/the-presence-of-philip-roth

'In the fall of 2007, I sat down to try to write a letter to Philip Roth, whom I’d never met. I’d started many letters to him in the past, only to put each aside, newly frustrated by my inability to write the letter I had in mind. But the more time that I let pass without writing to him, the more it bothered me that a certain longstanding gratitude and affection had gone unvoiced. So I explained to him that in his books I found a peculiar, sustaining solace. That, although there were other writers whose work I returned to often, no matter how much I loved them, they didn’t provide me with the very particular thing that he did. What was it? This was the difficult bit to express. 'I suppose it has something to do with a certain force of life that everything you write seems to throw off,” I told him, “as well as the promise that such aliveness can exist in something that sits so aside and seemingly apart from life (or so it seems up in one’s writing room); perhaps, even, has a better chance of existing there. Something to do with your lifelong examination of the writing mind, its needs and paradoxes, its incompatibility with so much else, and also its fierce pleasures. And it has everything to do with how, reasonably and unreasonably, I feel at home in your books.'
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    Portnoy's Complaint [9780099399018]

    Portnoy's Complaint n. [after Alexander Portnoy (1933-)] A disorder in which strongly-felt ethical and altruistic impulses are perpetually warring wit…

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    American Pastoral [9780099771814]

    In American Pastoral, Philip Roth gives us a novel of unqualified greatness that is an elegy for all the twentieth century's promises of prosperity, c…

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    Sabbath's Theater [9780099582014]

    Sabbath's Theater is a comic creation of epic proportions, and Mickey Sabbath is its gargantuan hero. Once a scandalously inventive puppeteer, Sabbath…

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    I Married a Communist [9780099287834]

    I Married a Communist is the story of the rise and fall of Ira Ringold, a big American roughneck who begins life as a teenage ditch digger in 1930s N…

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    Deception [9780099801900]

    A famous writer, named Philip, and his mistress meet in a room without a bed. They talk, they play games with each other, they have sex, they tell lie…

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    Everyman [9780099501466]

    Philip Roth's new novel is a candidly intimate yet universal story of loss, regret and stoicism. The fate of Roth's everyman is traced from his first …

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    Exit Ghost [9780099516088]

    Like Rip Van Winkle returning to his hometown to find that all has changed, Nathan Zuckerman comes back to New York, the city he left eleven years bef…

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    Goodbye, Columbus [9780099498155]

    Philip Roth's award-winning first book instantly established its author's reputation as a writer of explosive wit, merciless insight and a fierce comp…

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    Indignation [9780099523420]

    It is 1951 in America, the second year of the Korean War. A studious, law-abiding, intense youngster from Newark, New Jersey, Marcus Messner is beginn…

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    Letting Go [9780099485032]

    Letting Go is Philip Roth's first full-length novel, published when he was twenty-nine. Set in 1950s, Chicago, New York, and Iowa City, Letting Go pre…

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    My Life as a Man [9780099515319]

    A fiction-within-a-fiction, a labyrinthine edifice of funny, mournful, and harrowing meditations on the fatal impasse between a man and a woman, My Li…

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    Nemesis [9780099542261]

    Summer, 1944. In the 'stifling heat of equatorial Newark', a terrifying epidemic is raging, threatening the children of the New Jersey city with maimi…

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    Operation Shylock: A Confession [9780099307914]

    What if a lookalike stranger stole your name, usurped your biography, and went about the world pretending to be you? In this tour de force of fact and…

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    Our Gang: Starring Trick and His Friends [9780099389118]

    A ferocious political satire in the great tradition, Our Gang is Philip Roth's brilliantly indignant response to the phenomenon of Richard M. Nixon. I…

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    Patrimony: A True Story [9780099914303]

    Patrimony, a true story, touches the emotions as strongly a anything Philip Roth has ever written. Philip Roth watches as his eighty-six-year-old fath…

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    Reading Myself and Others [9780099485025]

    The interviews, essays and articles collected in this book span a quarter of a century of Philip Roth's distinguished career and 'reveal a preoccupati…

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    Shop Talk: A Writer and His Colleagues and Their Work [9780099428435]

    In Philip Roth's intimate intellectual encounters with an international and diverse cast of writers, they explore the importance of region, politics, …

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    The Anatomy Lesson [9780099476610]

    'The Anatomy Lesson is a ferocious, heartfelt book - lavish with laughs and flamboyant inventions' - John Updike With his fortieth birthday rece…

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    The Breast [9780099477518]

    Like a latter-day Gregor Samsa, Professor David Kepesh wakes up one morning to find that he has been transformed. But where Kafka's protagonist turned…

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    The Counterlife [9780099481355]

    The Counterlife is about people enacting their dreams of renewal and escape, some of them going so far as to risk their lives to alter seemingly irrev…

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