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The Facts: A Novelist's Autobiography

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The Facts is the unconventional autobiography of a writer who has reshaped our idea of fiction—a work of compelling candor and inventiveness, instructive particularly in its revelation of the interplay between life and art.

Philip Roth concentrates on five episodes from his life: his secure city childhood in the thirties and forties; his education in American life at a conventional college; his passionate entanglement, as an ambitious young man, with the angriest person he ever met (the "girl of my dreams" Roth calls her); his clash, as a fledgling writer, with a Jewish establishment outraged by Goodbye, Columbus; and his discovery, in the excesses of the sixties, of an unmined side to his talent that led him to write Portnoy's Complaint.

The book concludes surprisingly—in true Rothian fashion—with a sustained assault by the novelist against his proficiencies as an autobiographer.

Synopsis:

'The Facts' is the unconventional autobiography of a writer who has reshaped our idea of fiction--a work of compelling candor and inventiveness, instructive particularly in its revelation of the interplay between life and art.

About the Author

In the 1990s Philip Roth won Americas four major literary

awards in succession: the National Book Critics Circle

Award for Patrimony (1991), the PEN/Faulkner Award for

Operation Shylock (1993), the National Book Award for Sabbaths

Theater (1995), and the Pulitzer Prize in fiction for

American Pastoral (1997). He won the Ambassador Book

Award of the English-Speaking Union for I Married a Communist

(1998); in the same year he received the National

Medal of Arts at the White House. Previously he won the

National Book Critics Circle Award for The Counterlife

(1986) and the National Book Award for his first book,

Goodbye, Columbus (1959). In 2000 he published The Human

Stain, concluding a trilogy that depicts the ideological ethos

of postwar America. For The Human Stain Roth received

his second PEN/Faulkner Award as well as Britains W. H.

Smith Award for the Best Book of the Year. In 2001 he

received the highest award of the American Academy of

Arts and Letters, the Gold Medal in Fiction, given every six

years “for the entire work of the recipient.” In 2005 The

Plot Against America received the Society of American Historians

Award for “the outstanding historical novel on an

American theme for 20032004.” In 2007 Roth received the

PEN/Faulkner Award for Everyman.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780679749059
Author:
Roth, Philip
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Authors, American
Subject:
Novelists, American
Subject:
Novelists, American -- 20th century -- Biography.
Subject:
Novelists, American -- 20th century.
Subject:
Roth, Philip
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage International
Series Volume:
no. 33
Publication Date:
19970131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
7.98x5.28x.57 in. .50 lbs.

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