Conversations with Philip Roth

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Univ. Press of Mississippi, 1992 - Biography & Autobiography - 291 pages
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This collection of interviews reveals the intellectual and creative life of one of America's contemporary masters of fiction writing. In spanning his richly productive career, they convey a sense of his continuity and of his growth as a novelist.

Roth has said that one of his goals is to reconcile "experience that I am strongly attached to be temperament and training--the aggressive, the crude, and the obscene, at one extreme, and something a good deal more subtle and, in every sense, refined, at the other."

These conversations reveal a savvy, thoughtful man who shows great intelligence, confidence, and wit, as well as an admirable sense of humility and tact.

 

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This book is a collection of interviews with and essays about Philip Roth and his work. I want to eat this book. It's full of really clever stories, interesting anecdotes, and a lot of insight into ... Read full review

Contents

The NBA Winner Talks Back Martha McGregor
1
Will This Finally Be Philip Roths Year? Howard Junker
14
Portnoys Complaint by Philip Roth Looms as a Wild Blue
23
Philip Roths Exact Intent George Plimpton
35
Joking in the Square Walter demons
41
On The Breast Alan Lelchuk
55
Reading Myself Philip Roth
63
Philip Roth Talks about His Own Work Martha Saxton
77
Talk with Philip Roth Sara Davidson
100
A Visit with Philip Roth James Atlas
108
The Ghosts of Roth Alan Finkielkraut
120
A Meeting of Arts and Minds Cathleen Medwick
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The job says Roth was to give pain its due Jonathan
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Holt Rinehart and Winston 1972
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Farrar Straus and Giroux 1987
220
Copyright

A Conversation with Philip Roth Joyce Carol Dates
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About the author (1992)

Philip Milton Roth was born in Newark, New Jersey on March 19, 1933. He attended Rutgers University for one year before transferring to Bucknell University where he completed a B.A. in English with highest honors in 1954. He received an M.A. from the University of Chicago in 1955. His first book, Goodbye, Columbus, received the National Book Award in 1960. His other books include Letting Go, When She Was Good, Portnoy's Complaint, My Life as a Man, The Ghostwriter, Zuckerman Unbound, I Married a Communist, The Plot Against America, The Facts, The Anatomy Lesson, Exit Ghost, Deception, Nemesis, Everyman, Indignation, and The Humbling. He won the National Book Critic Circle Awards in 1987 for his novel The Counterlife and in 1992 for his memoir Patrimony: A True Story. He won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction in 1993 for Operation Shylock: A Confession and in 2001 for The Human Stain, the National Book Award in 1995 for Sabbath's Theater, and the Pulitzer Prize in 1998 for American Pastoral. He stopped writing in 2010. He died from congestive heart failure on May 22, 2018 at the age of 85.

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