A Novelist's Autobiography

Book - 1997
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The Facts is the unconventional autobiography of a writer who has reshaped our idea of fiction--a work of compelling candor and inventiveness, instructive particularly in its revelation of the interplay between life and art.

Philip Roth concentrates on five episodes from his life: his secure city childhood in the thirties and forties; his education in American life at a conventional colle≥ his passionate entanglement, as an ambitious young man, with the angriest person he ever met (the "girl of my dreams" Roth calls her); his clash, as a fledgling writer, with a Jewish establishment outraged by Goodbye, Columbus ; and his discovery, in the excesses of the sixties, of an unmined side to his talent that led him to write Portnoy's Complaint .

The book concludes surprisingly--in true Rothian fashion--with a sustained assault by the novelist against his proficiencies as an autobiographer.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1997
ISBN: 9780679749059
Branch Call Number: ANF 813.54 ROT
Characteristics: 195 p


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