Henry Roth's Call It Sleep was published in 1934; then, save for a collection of shorter works collected in Shifting Landscape and published in 1987, Roth remained virtually voiceless in the literary world for nearly sixty years. However, when his Mercy of a Rude Stream series of four novels was published in the 1990s, it demonstrated Roth's continuing power as a novelist.
In the early part of the twentieth century, European political maps still showed what was known as the Austro-Hungarian empire. From this empire, from a village called Tysmenitz in the province of Galitzia, came Henry Roth. Born February 8, 1906, Roth spent only about eighteen months in the small village before he and his mother Leah …
Mulder, Stacy. "Henry Roth". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 06 October 2004
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