Henry Roth

Stacy Mulder (Ball State University)
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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 emigrated to America to join Roth's father Herman, who had come to the United States in

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Citation: Mulder, Stacy. "Henry Roth". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 06 October 2004 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=3858, accessed 30 May 2024.]

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