Here We Are: My Friendship with Philip Roth

Benjamin Taylor (Author)
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Product Details

Price
$26.00  $23.92
Publisher
Penguin Books
Publish Date
May 19, 2020
Pages
192
Dimensions
5.3 X 8.1 X 0.8 inches | 0.6 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780525505242

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About the Author

Benjamin Taylor's family memoir, The Hue and Cry at Our House, received the 2018 Los Angeles Times/Christopher Isherwood Prize and was named a New York Times Editors' Choice; his Proust: The Search was named a Best Book of 2016 by Thomas Mallon in The New York Times Book Review; and his Naples Declared: A Walk Around the Bay was named a Best Book of 2012 by Judith Thurman in The New Yorker. He is also the author of two novels, Tales Out of School, winner of the 1996 Harold Ribalow Prize, and The Book of Getting Even, winner of a Barnes & Noble Discover Award. He edited Saul Bellow: Letters, named a Best Book of 2010 by Michiko Kakutani in The New York Times and Jonathan Yardley in The Washington Post, and Bellow's There Is Simply Too Much to Think About: Collected Nonfiction, also a New York Times Editors' Choice. His edition of the collected stories of Susan Sontag, Debriefing, was published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in 2017. Taylor is a founding faculty member in the New School's Graduate School of Writing and teaches also in the Columbia University School of the Arts. He is a past fellow and current trustee of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and serves as president of the Edward F. Albee Foundation.

Reviews

"If you never met Philip Roth, you can now, for Ben Taylor's new hook enacts a kind of resurrection. In addition to bringing a mastery of the writer's work, Taylor has somehow managed to conjure the living man--someone I found wholly at odds with his public persona. Here is the Roth I knew rendered at his most antic, hilarious, rancorous, tender. Forget the work of Boswell's Johnson, I have never read a more touching portrait of literary friendship. Smart, moving, wise--Taylor's page-turning book sets a new standard for both memoir and literary biography." --Mary Karr, author of The Liars Club

"A poignant and frequently poetic tribute to a friendship abundant with laughter, erudition, generosity, devotion, and grace." --Lisa Halliday, author of Asymmetry

"Benjamin Taylor and Philip Roth lived for a time in friendship -- that rare, true element. Like that friendship, this account is unsparing, yet loyal and kind. It is also funny. Here We Are made me laugh until its last pages. I was in tears when I closed the book. I had to read it over again, immediately. I'm grateful to have it." --Louise Erdrich, author of The Night Watchman

"Rare and remarkable. A pleasure to read as a revival of Philip's presence, of course, but also as a beautifully novelistic study of two very different men converging on a shared set of obsessions and mutual comforts. Taylor preserves his hero without entombing him. It's Roth to the life." --Adam Gopnik

"A great friendship, that chaste but ardent love, is perhaps also the great undertold story of human passion. Ben Taylor's memoir of his friendship with Philip Roth changes all that. This beauty of testimony, spangled with humor and edged with abiding grief and gratitude is a classic on first reading." --Patricia Hampl, author of The Florist's Daughter

"[I]n this slim, affectionate memoir, Taylor perfectly captures the essence of Roth's charmingly enigmatic humor and complex behavior. He generously shares memories of their somewhat unexpected friendship, honing in on their quiet, often amusing moments together...A touching and entertaining portrait of Roth that is sure to delight his many readers." --Kirkus Reviews