Philip Roths new collection of nonfiction, mostly writing about writing and about other writers, is called, with Rothian bluntness, Why Write? (Library of America). everal winters back, while I was living in Chicago, the city was shocked and mystified by the death of two teenage girls.
So far as Philip Roth And what is the moral of so long a story? Simply this: that the American writer in the middle of the 20th century has his hands full in trying to understand, and then describe, and then make credible much of the American reality. 4. Philip Roth Writer and Reality.
5. Changes in Fiction Writing: Identity and Priority. 6. Conclusion. 7. References. 1. Introduction By now you are a walking text (FACTS, 162), Zuckerman writes back to Philip Roth, having been asked whether or not Roth should publish his autobiography The Facts (1988). Philip Roth grew up in Newark, New Jersey, the son of Beth Finkel and Herman Roth, a salesman for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company.
There he attended Hebrew school and spent one year at Newark College of Rutgers University. The American writer in the middle of the 20th century has his hands full in trying to understand, and then describe, and then make credible much of the American reality, the novelist Philip Roth wrote in an essay called Writing American Fiction, published in Commentary magazine in early 1961.
It stupefies, it sickens, it infuriates, and finally Philip Roth was a" giant of American literary fiction, " " a titan of American fiction" and" a towering novelist, " according to several of the many obituaries and tributes that have flooded the media since his death Tuesday night. This, Roth feels, is a confrontation that is essential to the writing of fiction and to the writer of fiction.
It is, then, with some regret that Roth discovers how uncommon his artistic stance isand how alone he seems to be in his fight.