Mercy of a Rude Stream: A Star Shines Over Mt. Morris Park

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Macmillan, Dec 15, 1994 - Fiction - 285 pages
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Mercy of a Rude Stream marks the astonishing return of Henry Roth, sixty years after the publication of his classic novel Call it Sleep. A book of time, memory, and desire, this new novel is set in the New York of World War I: a colorful vibrant, carelessly brutal city where an immigrant boy, Ira Stigmanm is coming of age. Like Joyce's Stephen Dedalus, Ira begins to discover the genius and the burden of his imagination, as he takes his first tentative steps toward adulthood.

A contempoary of the great modernist writers, Roth is being rediscovered by a new generation of readers.

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Review: A Star Shines Over Mt. Morris Park (Mercy of a Rude Stream #1)

User Review  - Martin Olesh - Goodreads

Roth vividly recreates the world of his childhood growing up in a Harlem that was an ethnic patchwork at the turn of the 20th Century. However, the overall tone of the book is both bitter and sour ... Read full review

Review: A Star Shines Over Mt. Morris Park (Mercy of a Rude Stream #1)

User Review  - Karen - Goodreads

While billed as fiction, the main character in this novel, the first part of Henry Roth's tetralogy Mercy of a Rude Stream, is clearly based upon the author. We follow young Ira Stigman from his ... Read full review

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About the author (1994)

Henry Roth died on October 13, 1995. His extraordinary literary legacy includes the classic Call It Sleep and six volumes of Mercy of a Rude Stream, all completed before his death. A Diving Rock on the Hudson is the second volume in this series and follows A Star Shines over Mr. Morris Park, also published by Picador.

While still alive, Roth recieved two honorary doctorates, one from the University of New Mexico and one from the Hebrew Theological Institute in Cincinnati. Posthumously, he was honored by Hadassah Magazine with a special Harold U. Ribalow Prize for Distinguished Literary Achievement. He was also given a special honor by the Museum of the City of New York.

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