Philip Roth: Why Write? (Loa #300): Collected Nonfiction 1960-2014

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5.2 X 1.2 X 8.1 inches | 1.1 pounds
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About the Author

In 1997, Philip Roth won the Pulitzer Prize for American Pastoral and in 2002 he received the highest award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Gold Medal in Fiction, previously awarded to John Dos Passos, William Faulkner, and Saul Bellow, among others. He has twice won the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award three times. His collected works have been published in a definitive ten-volume edition by the Library of America.


"Our hero continues his great and devouring argument with life, exhibiting a tremendous generosity of spirit towards other voyagers in literature and a magnificent defiance of the prohibition that an artist shouldn't intellectualize and defend his own work it in the public arena. At a time when we seem to be questioning every verity, Why Write? is essential reading." -- Jonathan Lethem

"Why Write? is a page-turning classic, a cover-to-cover joy, a party in your head. Its sustained cry against tyranny in all its forms is required reading for this or any age." -- Mary Karr

"Consistently intelligent and entertaining." --James Campbell, The Wall Street Journal

"At a time of renewed sensitivity to questions of cultural identity, the biographical fallacy has returned in full force. Readers and critics, distraught at the nihilism of the current political nightmare, have sought comfort in fiction that affirms their principles and beliefs, fiction in which victimized peoples rise triumphant. . . . But we should hope for something more. We should hope for new Philip Roths." --Nathaniel Rich, The New York Review of Books