Individual Author Record
Name:Pen Name: Philip Roth Genre: C:ADULT Fiction Born: March 19, 1933 in Newark, New Jersey Sites:
Illinois ConnectionRoth received an M.A. from the University of Chicago and was an instructor in the university's writing program briefly after graduating.
Biographical and Professional InformationPhilip Roth was an American Novelist. Roth grew up in the lower-middle-class neighborhood of Weequahic in Newark, New Jersey. After graduating from Weequahic High School, he attended Newark College, Rutgers University from 1950 to 1951 before transferring to Bucknell. At Bucknell, Roth founded and edited the literary magazine, Et Cetera, which published his first stories. In 1954 he graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Bucknell University with a B.A. in English. That same year, “The Day it Snowed,” appeared in The Chicago Review, marking the first time Roth’s fiction was published outside the journal he founded. With a published story in a major literary magazine, Roth continued his studies at the University of Chicago. There, he met Saul Bellow, who briefly became his mentor. After graduating with an M.A. in English literature, Roth served in the United States Army from 1955 to 1956 and continued writing short stories, criticism, and reviews for publications like The New Republic. He also published his first book, Goodbye, Columbus which was made into a motion picture in 1969. The book went on to receive a National Book Award. Roth embarked on an academic career in 1960 and went on to hold teaching positions at Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Princeton University, State University of New York, Stony Brook University, and the University of Pennsylvania. In 1988 he became a Distinguished Professor at Hunter College. Roth won critical recognition for Goodbye, Columbus, but it wasn’t until the publication of his third novel, Portnoy’s Complaint in 1969 that he became a commercial success. It was made into a major motion picture in 1972. Roth published 27 novels and received over thirty major literary awards and honors. He was a National Book Award Finalist in Fiction four times from 1975 to 1987 and won his second National Book Award in Fiction for Sabbath’s Theater in 1995. His National Book Award Finalist books are My Life as a Man (1975), The Ghost Writer (1980), The Anatomy Lesson (1984), and The Counterlife (1987). In 2002 Roth was the recipient of the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. Bestowed by the Board of Directors of the National Book Foundation, the Medal is given to a person who has enriched America’s literary heritage over a life of service, or corpus of work.
*''American Pastoral'', Vintage, 1997 *''Deception'', Vintage, 1990 *''Everyman'', Vintage, 2006 *''Exit Ghost'', Vintage, 2007 *''Goodbye, Columbus'', Vintage, 1959 *''I Married a Communist'', Vintage, 1998 *''Indignation'', Vintage, 2008 *''Letting Go'', Vintage, 1962 *''My Life As a Man'', Vintage, 1974 *''Nemesis'', Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010 *''Operation Shylock'', Vintage, 1993 *''Our Gang'', Vintage, 1971 *''Patrimony: A True Story'', Vintage, 1991 *''Portnoy's Complaint'', Vintage, 1969 *''Sabbath's Theater'', Vintage, 1995 *''The Anatomy Lesson'', Vintage, 1983 *''The Breast'', Vintage, 1972 *''The Counterlife'', Vintage, 1986 *''The Dying Animal'', Vintage, 2001 *''The Facts: A Novelist's Autobiography'', Vintage, 1988 *''The Ghost Writer'', Vintage, 1979 *''The Great American Novel'', Vintage, 1973 *''The Human Stain'', Vintage, 2000 *''The Humbling'', Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009 *''The Plot Against America'', Vintage, 2004 *''The Prague Orgy'', Vintage, 1985 *''The Professor of Desire'', Vintage, 1977 *''When She Was Good'',Vintage, 1967 *''Zuckerman Unbound'', Vintage, 1981