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1893–1916

Jay A. Gertzman.

in Samuel Roth, Infamous Modernist

April 2013; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards). 13479 words.

Roth’s autobiography describes his Galician shtetl’s class subdivisions and increasing awareness of opportunities for travel and financial advancement. But the traditions of Hassidic piety...

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1917–1925

Jay A. Gertzman.

in Samuel Roth, Infamous Modernist

April 2013; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards). 11416 words.

Roth’s first two decades in America were full of spiritual trials. He got married in 1918 but questioned his ability to love. He wrote acclaimed poetry, but most of it expressed a yearning...

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1925–1927

Jay A. Gertzman.

in Samuel Roth, Infamous Modernist

April 2013; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards). 15674 words.

Samuel Roth did in fact obtain permission to publish segments of Joyce’s “Work in Progress” in his Little Magazine Two Worlds (1925-26). Roth asserted that a now-missing letter from Ezra...

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1928–1934

Jay A. Gertzman.

in Samuel Roth, Infamous Modernist

April 2013; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards). 12307 words.

After serving prison terms for distributing pornography in 1929-30, Roth found money to establish William Faro, Inc. That money came at least partly from profits he accrued from pornography...

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1934

Jay A. Gertzman.

in Samuel Roth, Infamous Modernist

April 2013; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards). 11699 words.

The most complex episode in Roth’s life was his infamous anti-Semitic tract, Jews Must Live. It was self-published in 1934, coincidentally at the time when it would be most help to the Nazi...

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1934–1939

Jay A. Gertzman.

in Samuel Roth, Infamous Modernist

April 2013; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards). 13397 words.

After his bankruptcy, Roth founded a new publishing house, opened a midtown book shop, and published a comprehensive anthology of quotations from the world’s leading writers past and...

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1940–1949

Jay A. Gertzman.

in Samuel Roth, Infamous Modernist

April 2013; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards). 12638 words.

After his release from the penitentiary, Roth’s return to borderline publishing would have landed him back in prison for violation of parole, if not for his being asked by the FBI to help...

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1949–1952

Jay A. Gertzman.

in Samuel Roth, Infamous Modernist

April 2013; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards). 11044 words.

Roth’s mail-order offerings in the 1940s and 1950s were similar to the materials offered in the Times Square bookstores of the same period. Those locations were often raided because of the...

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1952–1957

Jay A. Gertzman.

in Samuel Roth, Infamous Modernist

April 2013; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards). 11712 words.

Roth’s long defiance of postal rulings on the unmailability of his circulars, and his defiance of the New York District Attorney, the famous columnist Walter Winchell (he published an...

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1958–1974

Jay A. Gertzman.

in Samuel Roth, Infamous Modernist

April 2013; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards). 13164 words.

Despite, Roth believed, going to prison due to his fight for freedom of expression, he was psychically unfulfilled. In Lewisburg penitentiary, he wrote a long novel entitled My Friend Yesheanull...

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