Philip Roth: Why Write? Collected Nonfiction 1960-2013
by Philip Roth
Editor: The Library of America
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In America the most famous writer returns with a definitive edition of his statements on literature, his controversial novels, and writing of life, including notably the six plays published here for the first time and many others newly revisedThroughout an incomparable literary career that includes two National Book Awards (Goodbye, Columbus, 1959 and Theater Sabbath, 1995), the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (American Pastoral, 1997), the National Book Critics Circle Award (The Counterlife, 1986) and the Humanities Museum Medal by President Obama in 2011), among many other honours, Philip Roth has produced an extraordinary body of non-fiction written on a wide range of subjects: his own work and that of the writers he admires, theThis work is collected for the first time in Why Writethe tenth and final volume of the Philip Roth Library of America final editionHere is Roth is the selection of the essential basis of the Reading Me and for Others, the entire 2001 book of Parler Boutique, and the “Explanations”, a collection of fourteen years later, the pieces gathered here for the first time, six ever publishedAmong the collected essays “My Uchronia,” an account of the genesis of the Conspiracy Against America, a novel rooted in the idea that “all assurances are provisional, even here, in a two-hundred year old democracy”; “Errata”, the full version of the “Open Letter to Wikipedia”, published on The New Yorker’s website in 2012 to counter the online encyclopedia of flagrant errors about his life and work; and “The Ruthlessness Intimacy of Fiction,” and “The Fiction of the Dead”.Also included are the two long interviews given after Roth’s retirement age, to take stock of a lifetime’s work
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