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Philip Roth: A Counterlife

Ira Nadel


This account of Philip Roth traces the psychological and artistic origins of his creative life. It examines the major events of his career, while identifying a series of personal themes in his writing, from his relationship with Judaism to family, marriage, Eastern Europe, and America. It addresses his private challenges, from romance and health to surviving as a writer burdened with success. The book also reflects how living outside the United States, initially in Italy and then England, plus his visits to Eastern Europe and exposure to their oppressed writers, affected his writing. In partic ... More

Keywords: Judaism, Newark, marriage, fiction, psychology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780199846108
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199846108.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ira Nadel, author
Professor of English, University of British Columbia