Philip Roth, 1933-2018

May 23, 2018 | 3 books mentioned 1

Beloved American novelist Philip Roth has died at age 85. Author of more than two dozen novels, including Goodbye, Columbus, Portnoy’s Complaint, and American Pastoral, Roth garnered every accolade (except, famously, The Nobel–read our plea to the Swedish Academy here), and his passing marks the end of an era in American letters.

Some Roth pieces from our archives:
An Open Letter to the Nobel Committee
Ten Lessons from the Professor of Desire
Staff Pick: Sabbath’s Theater
Philip Roth’s Bleak Theater
Life and Counterlife

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One comment:

  1. Very nearly the last of the Great Poets, of the Tragicomic, in po-faced America. When Pynchon goes that’ll be it. Maybe that sudden gorgeous flowering of a higher and darker wit, across Lit and the Arts, in the middle of the 20th century, was a lyrically Nihilist reaction to the perfect horrors of WWll? Maybe it’s cyclical and will come again.

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