Most widely held works about Philip Roth
Most widely held works by Philip Roth
The plot against America by Philip Roth ( Book )
77 editions published between 1942 and 2009 in 14 languages and held by 3,763 libraries worldwide
When the renowned aviation hero and rabid isolationist Charles A. Lindbergh defeated Franklin Roosevelt by a landslide in the 1940 presidential election, fear invaded every Jewish household in America. Not only had Lindbergh, in a nationwide radio address, publicly blamed the Jews for selfishly pushing America toward a pointless war with Nazi Germany, but, upon taking office as the thirty-third president of the United States, he negotiated a cordial "understanding" with Adolf Hitler, whose conquest of Europe and whose virulent anti-Semitic policies he appeared to accept without difficulty. What followed in America is the historical setting for this startling new book by Pulitzer Prize winner Philip Roth, who recounts what it was like for his Newark family-and for a million such families all over the country-during the menacing years of the Lindbergh presidency, when American citizens who happened to be Jews had every reason to expect the worst.
Portnoy's complaint by Philip Roth ( Book )
193 editions published between 1960 and 2010 in 22 languages and held by 3,756 libraries worldwide
Long with Saul Bellow's Herzog, Philip Roth's Portnoy's Complaint defined Jewish American literature in the 1960s. Roth's masterpiece takes place on the couch of a psychoanalyst, an appropriate jumping-off place for an insanely comical novel about the Jewish American experience. Roth has written several great books--Goodbye, Columbus and When She Was Good among them, but it is perhaps Portnoy's Complaint for which he is best known.
Everyman by Philip Roth ( Book )
67 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in 16 languages and held by 3,539 libraries worldwide
" A successful commercial artist with a New York ad agency, he is the father of two sons from a first marriage who despise him and a daughter from a second marriage who adores him, He is the beloved brother of a good man whose physical well-being comes to arouse his bitter envy, and he is the lonely ex-husband of three very different women with whom he's made a mess of marriage. In the end he is a man who has become what he does not want to be." From the bookjacket.
American pastoral by Philip Roth ( Book )
71 editions published between 1988 and 2011 in 15 languages and held by 3,445 libraries worldwide
The tragic impact of the Vietnam War on a relationship between father and daughter. The father is an upstanding individual who believes in the American Dream, but his daughter has a different dream, to get America out of Vietnam and she kills innocent people to achieve it. For the father it is the end of the world, he has lost his daughter. By the author of Sabbath's Theater.
Goodbye, Columbus and five short stories by Philip Roth ( Book )
187 editions published between 1957 and 2010 in 19 languages and held by 3,346 libraries worldwide
A Radcliffe girl and a Rutgers boy learn about love in Goodbye, Columbus.
The human stain by Philip Roth ( Book )
68 editions published between 2000 and 2009 in 14 languages and held by 3,220 libraries worldwide
Coleman Silk is a respected professor at a New England college who suddenly finds his life unraveling after a comment he makes about some African-American students is misinterpreted as a racial slur. As the scandal heats up, Nathan Zuckerman, a writer researching a biography of Silk, begins to dig deeply into Silk's life. Eventually, matters are made worse when Coleman's affair with a young married janitor named Faunia Farley is exposed. But amid the controversy, Silk must struggle to keep his greatest secret, a secret he's held for the majority of his life, from becoming made public.
Exit ghost by Philip Roth ( Book )
62 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in 8 languages and held by 3,080 libraries worldwide
After 11 years of isolation in his New England mountain refuge, Zuckerman returns to New York City and makes three important connections that threaten his carefully protected sense of isolation.
The ghost writer by Philip Roth ( Book )
68 editions published between 1979 and 2010 in 11 languages and held by 2,980 libraries worldwide
A young writer meets the author he looks up to, almost as a spiritual father, and gets a chance to make several observations about him.
The counterlife by Philip Roth ( Book )
59 editions published between 1986 and 2010 in 10 languages and held by 2,735 libraries worldwide
Stories of people enacting their dreams of renewal and escape, ranging from a quiet suburban New Jersey dentist to a genteel Englishwoman and an Israeli settlement leader.
Indignation by Philip Roth ( Book )
51 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in 12 languages and held by 2,675 libraries worldwide
What impact can American history have on the life of the vulnerable individual? It is 1951 in America, the second year of the Korean War. A studious, law-abiding, intense youngster from Newark, New Jersey, Marcus Messner, is beginning his sophomore year on the pastoral, conservative campus of Ohio's Winesburg College. And why is he there and not at the local college in Newark where he originally enrolled? Because his father, the sturdy, hard-working neighborhood butcher, seems to have gone mad--mad with fear and apprehension of the dangers of adult life, the dangers of the world, the dangers he sees in every corner for his beloved boy. As the long-suffering, desperately harassed mother tells her son, the father's fear arises from love and pride. Perhaps, but it produces too much anger in Marcus for him to endure living with his parents any longer. He leaves them and, far from Newark, in the midwestern college, has to find his way amid the customs and constrictions of another American world.--From publisher's description.
The professor of desire by Philip Roth ( Book )
64 editions published between 1977 and 2009 in 12 languages and held by 2,640 libraries worldwide
As a student in college, David Kepesh styles himself "a rake among scholars, a scholar among rakes." Little does he realize how prophetic this motto will be--or how damning ...
The great American novel by Philip Roth ( Book )
63 editions published between 1973 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 2,611 libraries worldwide
Humorously portrays a major-league baseball team's futile attempts to hold on to its fame during World War II.
Sabbath's theater by Philip Roth ( Book )
61 editions published between 1994 and 2009 in 12 languages and held by 2,542 libraries worldwide
The life of an old man who lives for sex. He is Morris Sabbath, 64, a New York puppeteer who made his name with lewd performances. Feeling death approaching, he relives his many amorous adventures in graphic detail. By the author of Portnoy's Complaint.
My life as a man by Philip Roth ( Book )
57 editions published between 1974 and 2010 in 12 languages and held by 2,514 libraries worldwide
Contains three stories: an autobiographical narrative told by the author Peter Tarnopol and two of Peter's stories, "Useful Fictions."
The dying animal by Philip Roth ( Book )
57 editions published between 2001 and 2011 in 13 languages and held by 2,474 libraries worldwide
"David Kepesh is white-haired and over sixty, an eminent TV culture critic and star lecturer at a New York college, when he meets Consuela Castillo, a decorous, well-mannered student of twenty-four, the daughter of wealthy Cuban exiles, who promptly puts his life into erotic disorder." "Since the sexual revolution of the 1960s, when he left his wife and child, Kepesh has experimented with living what he calls an "emancipated manhood," beyond the reach of family or a mate. Over the years he has refined that exuberant decade of protest and license into an orderly life in which he is both unimpeded in the world of eros and studiously devoted to his aesthetic pursuits. But the youth and beauty of Consuela, "a masterpiece of volupte," undo him completely, and a maddening sexual possessiveness tranports him to the depths of deforming jealousy. The carefree erotic adventure evolves, over eight years, into a story of grim loss."--BOOK JACKET.
Patrimony : a true story by Philip Roth ( Book )
82 editions published between 1991 and 2009 in 10 languages and held by 2,359 libraries worldwide
In a moving elegy, one of America's most powerful writers recreates his father's ordeal as, suffering from a brain tumor, he battles with the ignominy and helplessness of old age.
I married a communist by Philip Roth ( Book )
51 editions published between 1998 and 2011 in 14 languages and held by 2,334 libraries worldwide
During the McCarthy era, a wife revenges herself on her husband by denouncing him as a Communist. It happens to Iron Rinn, a radio commentator, after he told her he did not want her daughter in the house.
Nemesis by Philip Roth ( Book )
29 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 2,253 libraries worldwide
Roth's "Nemesis" is the story of a wartime polio epidemic in the summer of 1944 and the effect it has on a closely knit, family-oriented Newark community and its children.
The humbling by Philip Roth ( Book )
29 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 2,225 libraries worldwide
What happens when all the ways that we convince ourselves of our solidity, all our life's performances--talent, love, sex, hope, energy, reputation--are stripped off? Simon Axler, one of the leading American stage actors of his generation, is about to find out. Now in his sixties, he has lost his magic, his talent, and his assurance. His wife has gone, his audience has left him, his agent can't persuade him to make a comeback. Consumed by an erotic desire, he plunges into a darker and more shocking end.
Zuckerman unbound by Philip Roth ( Book )
53 editions published between 1981 and 2008 in 10 languages and held by 2,157 libraries worldwide
African American men Aging American fiction Antisemitism Audiobooks Autobiographical fiction Biography College teachers Criticism, interpretation, etc. Domestic fiction Erotic stories False personation Families Fiction Fiction--Authorship History Interviews Israel Jewish families Jewish fiction Jewish men Jews Kepesh, David (Fictitious character) Lindbergh, Charles A.--1902-1974 Literature Manners and customs Mothers and sons New Jersey--Newark New York (State)--New York Nineteen fifties Novelists Novelists, American Novelists, American--Family relationships Ohio Passing (Identity) Political fiction Political fiction Presidents Presidents--Election Psychological fiction Psychological fiction Roth, Philip Roth family Self-actualization (Psychology) Self-realization Sex addicts Teacher-student relationships United States Young men Zuckerman, Nathan (Fictitious character)
Roth, Philip, 1933-
Roth, Philip Milton
Roth, Philip Milton, 1933-
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