Philip Roth (1933-2018)

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

Philip Roth, one of the 20th century's preeminent writers, has died.

Roth's career as a writer was long and prolific.  He wrote well into his seventies before officially retiring in 2012.  His work earned him numerous honors, including two National Book Awards, the Man Booker International Award, National Book Critics Circle awards, and a Pulitzer Prize.  Sadly, though he was a perennial favorite, the Nobel Prize for Literature eluded him.

Roth's works blurred the line between autobiography and fiction, often centering on characters whose lives mirrored his own.  Though he felt his identity as Jewish was secondary to his identity as an American, the characters and themes of his works often drew from his roots in the Jewish community, sometimes provoking ire from leaders within that community.

In total, Roth produced more than 30 novels and collections, receiving both critical acclaim and public popularity.  Even during his lifetime, he was ranked among America's greatest authors, becoming only the third living writer (after Saul Bellow and Eudora Welty) to have his books included in the Library of America.  His influence on literary fiction will continue to be felt far into the future.  Famously, we at Brilliant Books have always carried every one of his books in our literature section.  Both staff and customers frequently questioned the decision to devote so much space in one small store to one author.  He was a giant, he justified the space.

Roth passed away on May 22nd from heart failure.  He was 85.

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Goodbye, Columbus: and Five Short Stories (Vintage International) Cover Image
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Exit Ghost (Vintage International) Cover Image
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American Pastoral: American Trilogy (1) (Vintage International) Cover Image
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Patrimony: A True Story (Vintage International) Cover Image
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I Married a Communist: American Trilogy (2) (Vintage International) Cover Image
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Operation Shylock: A Confession (Vintage International) Cover Image
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The Breast (Vintage International) Cover Image
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The Great American Novel (Vintage International) Cover Image
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The Anatomy Lesson (Vintage International) Cover Image
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The Facts: A Novelist's Autobiography (Vintage International) Cover Image
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Letting Go (Vintage International) Cover Image
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Our Gang (Vintage International) Cover Image
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My Life as a Man (Vintage International) Cover Image
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Deception (Vintage International) Cover Image
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When She Was Good (Vintage International) Cover Image
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Indignation (Vintage International) Cover Image
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Published: Vintage - October 6th, 2009

Philip Roth: Novels 2001-2007 (LOA #236): The Dying Animal / The Plot Against America / Exit Ghost (Library of America Philip Roth Edition #8) Cover Image
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Reading Myself and Others (Vintage International) Cover Image
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