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Philip Roth

(b. 1933) American novelist and short-story writer


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(1933– ),

novelist, born in New Jersey. His complex relationship with his Jewish background is reflected in most of his works. They include Goodbye, Columbus (1959, a novella with five short stories), Letting Go (1962), and a sequence of novels featuring Nathan Zuckerman, a Jewish novelist who has to learn to contend with success: My Life as a Man (1974), The Ghost Writer (1979), Zuckerman Unbound (1981), and The Anatomy Lesson (1983). Portnoy's Complaint (1969), which records its protagonist's confessions to his psychiatrist, is remembered as a succès de scandale, but Roth's later novels have greatly increased his reputation: these include The Counterlife (1987); Patrimony: A True Story (1991) about his father Herman Roth; and a trilogy narrated by Nathan Zuckerman: American Pastoral (1997), I Married A Communist (1998), and The Human Stain (2000), which explore issues of race politics and persecution in public and private life.

Subjects: Literature.


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