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Philip Roth
In the 1990s Philip Roth won America’s four major literary awards in succession: the National Book Critics Circle Award for Patrimony (1991), the PEN/Faulkner Award for Operation Shylock (1993), the National Book Award for Sabbath’s Theater (1995), and the Pulitzer Prize in fiction for American... show more



In the 1990s Philip Roth won America’s four major literary awards in succession: the National Book Critics Circle Award for Patrimony (1991), the PEN/Faulkner Award for Operation Shylock (1993), the National Book Award for Sabbath’s Theater (1995), and the Pulitzer Prize in fiction for American Pastoral (1997). He won the Ambassador Book Award of the English-Speaking Union for I Married a Communist (1998); in the same year he received the National Medal of Arts at the White House. Previously he won the National Book Critics Circle Award for The Counterlife (1986) and the National Book Award for his first book, Goodbye, Columbus (1959). In 2000 he published The Human Stain, concluding a trilogy that depicts the ideological ethos of postwar America. For The Human Stain Roth received his second PEN/Faulkner Award as well as Britain’s W. H. Smith Award for the Best Book of the Year. In 2001 he received the highest award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Gold Medal in Fiction, given every six years “for the entire work of the recipient.” In 2005 The Plot Against America received the Society of American Historians Award for “the outstanding historical novel on an American theme for 2003—2004.” In 2007 Roth received the PEN/Faulkner Award for Everyman.

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Birth date: March 19, 1933
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Book Thoughts rated it 6 months ago
This is my fourth Roth novel and I am not sure how I feel about it. The narrator/main character is an old professor who basically discusses how his sexual desires have been the central part of his life. He spend most of the story talking about an affair he had with a 24 year old Cuban student and ...
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Book Thoughts rated it 6 months ago
This short novel was a coming of age type of novel about a New Jersey Jewish kid leaving home for college. The story is set against the backdrop of the Korean War, but it mostly focuses on the maturity and personal growth (if you can call it that) of the main character. Roth certainly knows how to...
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Book Thoughts rated it 6 months ago
This was a fascinating novel - mainly due to what I see on the news every day today. I loved the alternative history and the way Roth builds up the rise to fascism and the anti-Semitic tones of the story is impressive. The characters are also nicely done, but the story itself did not have me turni...
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Book Thoughts rated it 7 months ago
This is my first Philip Roth novel and it is a difficult book to rate. The writing is well done and Roth certainly knows how to get in the mind of his character. The problem for me was that I didn't particularly care for the main character or the focus of the story on his health and mortality. It ...
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msleighm books rated it 4 years ago
2.5 stars I really enjoy Philip Roth short stories - and that's saying something, because overall, I generally don't like short stories. So when I got this book (thank you CZH), I was very excited to read one of his books, and a Pulitzer Prize winner, no less! It took me weeks to get through the...
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