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Philip Roth: Fiction and Power

Patrick Hayes


Philip Roth is widely acknowledged as one of the defining authors in the literature of post-war America. Yet he has long been a polarising figure, and throughout his career he has won the disapproval of an extremely diverse range of public moralists – including, it would seem, the Nobel Prize committee. Far from seeking to make Roth a more palatable writer, this book argues that his interest in transgressing the “virtue racket”, as one of his characters put it, defines his importance. Placing the unruliness of human passions at the heart of his writing, Roth is the most subtle exponent of a li ... More

Keywords: Philip Roth, post-war America, American literature, ethical value of literature, Nietzsche, why literature matters

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199689125
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199689125.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Patrick Hayes, author
Fellow and Tutor in English, University of Oxford

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