The Best English-Language Fiction of the Twentieth Century
A Composite List and Ranking
by Brian Kunde


<- Roth, Philip, 1933-
         Full name: Philip Milton Roth. Prolific American novelist born in Newark, New Jersey to Galician Jewish parents. Winner of the National Book Award for Fiction for Goodbye, Columbus in 1960 and Sabbath's Theater in 1995, the National Book Critics Circle Award for The Counterlife in 1987 and Patrimony in 1991, the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction for Operation Shylock in 1994, The Human Stain in 2001, and Everyman in 2007, the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for American Pastoral in 1998, and the WH Smith Literary Award for The Human Stain in 2001. Roth was also awarded the first Franz Kafka Prize in 2001. His work generally explores Jewish-American issues in a humorous, irreverent, metafictional fashion, tends to semi-autobiography and is often set in Newark. His most familiar character, Nathan Zuckerman, figures in nine of his novels.
  • <- Portnoy's Complaint. 1969.
             The narrative takes the form of a monologue in which protagonist Alexander Portnoy relates details of his life and lusts to his analyst Dr. Spielvogel. Its candid, explicit and wryly comic treatment of Portnoy's dysfunctional sexual life was highly controversial at the time of its original publication, and made the author a celebrity. Not one for the kids.

Posted Jan. 16, 2014, and last updated Jan. 16, 2014.
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