Philip Roth


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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. In 1969 his profile rose significantly after the publication of the (then) controversial Portnoy's Complaint, the humorous and ... more »

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  • ''A Jewish man with parents alive is a fifteen-year-old boy, and will remain a fifteen-year-old boy till they die.''
    Philip Roth (20th century), U.S. writer. Portnoy's Complaint (1967).
  • Obviously the facts are never just coming at you but are incorporated by an imagination that is formed by your previous experience. Memories of the past are not memories of facts but memories of your ...
    Philip Roth (b. 1933), U.S. novelist. The Facts (1988). Opening letter to Zuckerman, Roth's fictional alter ego.
  • ''Undermining experience, embellishing experience, rearranging and enlarging experience into a species of mythology.''
    Philip Roth (b. 1933), U.S. novelist. The Facts (1988). Describing the life of a fiction writer, in opening letter to Zuckerman.
  • ''Just like those who are incurably ill, the aged know everything about their dying except exactly when.''
    Philip Roth (b. 1933), U.S. novelist. The Facts, opening letter to Zuckerman (1988).
  • It isn't that you subordinate your ideas to the force of the facts in autobiography but that you construct a sequence of stories to bind up the facts with a persuasive hypothesis that unravels your hi...
    Philip Roth (b. 1933), U.S. novelist. The Facts, opening letter to Zuckerman (1988).
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