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  • Published: 3 December 2007
  • ISBN: 9780099485025
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $29.99

Reading Myself And Others




A fascinating glimpse into the mind of one of America's greatest living writers

The interviews, essays and articles collected in this book span a quarter of a century of Philip Roth's distinguished career and 'reveal a preocupation with the relationship bewteen the written and the unwritten world.' Here is Roth on himself and his work and the controversies it's engendered. Here too are Roth's writings on the Eastern European writers he has always championed; and on baseball, American fiction, and American Jews. The essential collection of nonfiction by a true master, Reading Myself and Others features his long interview with the Paris Review.

  • Pub date: 3 December 2007
  • ISBN: 9780099485025
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $29.99

About the Author

Philip Roth

Philip Roth was born in Newark, New Jersey on 19 March 1933. The second child of second-generation Americans, Bess and Herman Roth, Roth grew up in the largely Jewish community of Weequahic, a neighbourhood he was to return to time and again in his writing. After graduating from Weequahic High School in 1950, he attended Bucknell University, Pennsylvania and the University of Chicago, where he received a scholarship to complete his M.A. in English Literature.

In 1959, Roth published Goodbye, Columbus – a collection of stories, and a novella – for which he received the National Book Award. Ten years later, the publication of his fourth novel, Portnoy’s Complaint, brought Roth both critical and commercial success, firmly securing his reputation as one of America’s finest young writers. Roth was the author of thirty-one books, including those that were to follow the fortunes of Nathan Zuckerman, and a fictional narrator named Philip Roth, through which he explored and gave voice to the complexities of the American experience in the twentieth- and twenty-first centuries.

Roth’s lasting contribution to literature was widely recognised throughout his lifetime, both in the US and abroad. Among other commendations he was the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, the International Man Booker Prize, twice the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the National Book Award, and presented with the National Medal of Arts and the National Humanities Medal by Presidents Clinton and Obama, respectively.

Philip Roth died on 22 May 2018 at the age of eighty-five having retired from writing six years previously.

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Praise for Reading Myself And Others

“Excellent...consistently thoughtful and thoroughly engaging”

Washington Post

“An illuminating...glimpse of the theory and practice that have made Roth a major figure in American fiction...Reveals a first-rate mind”

Chicago Daily News


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