Philip Roth

Philip Roth The Biography

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Synopsis

'Superlative... definitive and genuinely gripping' SUNDAY TIMES

'Utterly engrossing' EVENING STANDARD

'Compulsively readable... Beautifully written... Definitive' OBSERVER

Appointed by Philip Roth and granted complete access and independence, Blake Bailey spent years poring over Roth's personal archive, interviewing his friends, lovers, and colleagues, and engaging Roth himself in breathtakingly candid conversations. The result is an indelible portrait of an American master and of the post-war literary scene.

Bailey shows how Roth emerged from a lower-middle-class Jewish milieu to achieve the heights of literary fame, how his career was nearly derailed by his catastrophic first marriage, and how he championed the work of dissident novelists behind the Iron Curtain. Bailey examines Roth's rivalrous friendships with Saul Bellow, John Updike and William Styron, and reveals the truths of his florid love life, culminating in his almost-twenty-year relationship with actress Claire Bloom, who pilloried Roth in her 1996 memoir, Leaving a Doll's House. Tracing Roth's path from realism to farce to metafiction to the tragic masterpieces of the American Trilogy, Bailey explores Roth's engagement with nearly every aspect of post-war American culture.

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Book information

ISBN: 9780224098175
Publisher: Random House
Imprint: Jonathan Cape
Pub date:
DEWEY: 813.54
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 498
Number of pages: 800
Weight: 1624g
Height: 173mm
Width: 245mm
Spine width: 63mm