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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
368 pages
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<P>A critical evaluation of Philip Roth—the first of its kind—that takes on the man, the myth, and the work<BR></P><P>Philip Roth is one of the most renowned writers of our time. From his debut, <I>Goodbye, Columbus</I>, which won the National Book Award in 1960, and the explosion of <I>Portnoy’s Complaint </I>in 1969 to his haunting reimagining of Anne Frank’s story in <I>The Ghost Writer </I>ten years later and the series of masterworks starting in the mid-eighties—<I>The Counterlife</I>, <I>Patrimony</I>, <I>Operation Shylock</I>, <I>Sabbath’s Theater</I>, <I>American Pastoral</I>, <I>The Human</I> <I>Stain</I>—Roth has produced some of the great American literature of the modern era. And yet there has been no major critical work about him until now.<BR>     Here, at last, is the story of Roth’s creative life. <I>Roth Unbound </I>is not a biography—though it contains a wealth of previously undisclosed biographical details and unpublished material—but something ultimately more rewarding: the exploration of a great writer through his art.<BR>     Claudia Roth Pierpont, a staff writer for <I>The New Yorker</I>, has known Roth for nearly a decade.<I> </I>Her carefully researched and gracefully written account<I> </I>is filled with remarks from Roth himself,<I> </I>drawn from their ongoing conversations. Here are<I> </I>insights and anecdotes that will change the way<I> </I>many readers perceive this most controversial and<I> </I>galvanizing writer: a young and unhappily married<I> </I>Roth struggling to write; a wildly successful Roth,<I> </I>after the uproar over <I>Portnoy</I>, working to help writers<I> </I>from Eastern Europe and to get their books known<I> </I>in the West; Roth responding to the early, Jewish—and the later, feminist—attacks on his work. Here<I> </I>are Roth’s family, his inspirations, his critics, the<I> </I>full range of his fiction, and his friendships with such figures as Saul Bellow and John Updike. Here<I> </I>is Roth at work and at play.<BR>     <I>Roth Unbound</I> is a major achievement—a highly readable story that helps us make sense of one of the most vital literary careers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.</P><P>