Philip Roth (6348 words)

Ranen Omer-Sherman (University of Louisville )
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In portraying his father’s cultural world in The Facts (1988) an autobiography and perhaps the best thing he ever wrote about the development of his writing, Philip Milton Roth observed: “His repertoire has never been large: family, family, family, Newark, Newark, Newark, Jew, Jew, Jew. Somewhat like mine.” This from a writer who refused to be labeled as a “Jewish writer”. On the last page of Roth's subsequent memoir Patrimony  (1991), he revisited the theme of paternity in relating a terrifying dream that followed the burial of his father, an assimilated secular Jew who had never exhibited any particular inclination toward faith. Responding to the mortician's request that he c…

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Omer-Sherman, Ranen. "Philip Roth". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 25 August 2004; last revised 22 October 2018.
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