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
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.
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