Philip Roth

Philip Roth

Philip Milton Roth (born March 19, 1933) is an American novelist.

He first gained attention with the 1959 novella Goodbye, Columbus, an irreverent and humorous portrait of American Jewish life for which he received the U.S. National Book Award for Fiction. Roth's fiction, regularly set in his birthplace of Newark, New Jersey, is known for its intensely autobiographical character, for philosophically and formally blurring the distinction between reality and fiction, for its "supple, ingenious style" and for its provocative explorations of Jewish and American identity. His profile rose significantly in 1969 after the publication of Portnoy's Complaint, the humorous and sexually explicit psychoanalytical monologue of "a lust-ridden, mother-addicted young Jewish bachelor," filled with "intimate, shameful detail, and coarse, abusive language."

Roth is one of the most awarded American writers of his generation. His books have twice received the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle award, and three times the PEN/Faulkner Award. He received a Pulitzer Prize for his 1997 novel American Pastoral, which featured one of his best-known characters, Nathan Zuckerman, a character in many of Roth's novels. The Human Stain (2000), another Zuckerman novel, was awarded the United Kingdom's WH Smith Literary Award for the best book of the year. In 2001, in Prague, Roth received the inaugural Franz Kafka Prize.

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    The Human Stain
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    American Pastoral
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    The Plot Against America
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    The Ghost Writer
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    Goodbye, Columbus
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    The Dying Animal
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    I Married a Communist
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    Nemesis
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    The Breast
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    Everyman
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    Portnoy's Complaint
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    Operation Shylock: A Confession
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    Exit Ghost
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    Indignation
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    The Humbling
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    The Counterlife
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    The Professor of Desire
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    The Great American Novel
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    Deception
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    When She Was Good
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    My Life as a Man
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    Zuckerman Unbound
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    The Prague Orgy
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    Our Gang
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    Letting Go
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    Shop Talk
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    Reading Myself and Others
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    Patrimony: A True Story
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    A Philip Roth Reader
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    The Anatomy Lesson
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    Sabbath's Theater
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    The Facts: A Novelist's Autobiography
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    Quand Elle Etait Gentille
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    Conversations with Philip Roth
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    Novels, 1967-1972
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    Laisser courir, tome I
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    El Pecho/ The Breast
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    Ma vie d'homme
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    The conversion of the Jews
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    El Oficio
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    Tatsachen. Autobiographie eines Schriftstellers
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    Die Anatomiestunde
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    L'Habit ne fait pas le moine
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    Total quality management resource manual
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    Der Ghostwriter. Roman
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    Gegenleben
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    Die Brust
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    Professeur de désir
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    La Leçon d'anatomie
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    Tricard Dixon et ses copains
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