Philip Roth: The Human Stain (2899 words)

  • David Rampton (University of Ottawa)

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The Human Stain (2000) is the third book in the American trilogy that Philip Roth wrote at the end of the last century, a series of novels focused on the political events of different decades and how those events affected the country and its image of itself. It was a national bestseller, and is generally considered to be one of his two or three best novels. The reviewer for the Chicago Tribune said: “In American literature today, there’s Philip Roth, and then there’s everybody else.” That Roth could have produced such an impressive novel to complete the trilogy, and such a comprehensive trilogy at this stage of his career, and still not be awarded the Nobel Prize for literature, is one of the great literary …

Rampton, David. "The Human Stain". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 22 September 2010
[, accessed 18 August 2017.]

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  1. Jewish American Writing

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