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The Facts A Novelist's Autobiography (Paperback)

Author:  Philip Roth
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0679749055
ISBN-13: 9780679749059
Sku: 30118633
Publish Date: 2/1/1997
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.25H x 5L x 0.75T
Pages:  208
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The Facts is the unconventional autobiography of a writer who has reshaped our idea of fiction--a work of compelling candor and inventiveness, instructive particularly in its revelation of the interplay between life and art.
Philip Roth concentrates on five episodes from his life: his secure city childhood in the thirties and forties; his education in American life at a conventional college; his passionate entanglement, as an ambitious young man, with the angriest person he ever met (the "girl of my dreams" Roth calls her); his clash, as a fledgling writer, with a Jewish establishment outraged by Goodbye, Columbus; and his discovery, in the excesses of the sixties, of an unmined side to his talent that led him to write Portnoy''s Complaint.
The book concludes surprisingly--in true Rothian fashion--with a sustained assault by the novelist "against" his proficiencies as an autobiographer.
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The Facts is the unconventional autobiography of a writer who has reshaped our idea of fiction—a work of compelling candor and inventiveness, instructive particularly in its revelation of the interplay between life and art.

Philip Roth concentrates on five episodes from his life: his secure city childhood in the thirties and forties; his education in American life at a conventional college; his passionate entanglement, as an ambitious young man, with the angriest person he ever met (the "girl of my dreams" Roth calls her); his clash, as a fledgling writer, with a Jewish establishment outraged by Goodbye, Columbus; and his discovery, in the excesses of the sixties, of an unmined side to his talent that led him to write Portnoy's Complaint.

The book concludes surprisingly—in true Rothian fashion—with a sustained assault by the novelist against his proficiencies as an autobiographer.The author looks back on five important periods of his life and differentiates his life from his biographically based fiction
Annotation:
Roth's novelistic autobiography, which he wrote after a breakdown in 1987, zeroes in on five periods in his life that he feels sum up who he is: his childhood, his college days, a passionate and maddening youthful love affair, his alienation of the American Jewish establishment after he published GOODBYE, COLUMBUS, and the 1960s when he changed the direction of his work and wrote PORTNOY'S COMPLAINT. The book begins with a letter to Roth's fictional alter ego Nathan Zuckerman, and ends with a letter from Zuckerman to his creator.
Author Bio
Philip Roth
Philip Roth is the son of an insurance manager (Milton Roth, whose life is described in his son's book PATRIMONY) from Newark, New Jersey. He grew up in Newark and earned both critical praise and popular success for his first book, GOODBYE, COLUMBUS, a novella and collection of short stories published in 1959. Roth has published a number of novels since then as well as an autobiography. He has been one of the leading American novelists of the late 20th century, and many of his novels have caused controversy for their unvarnished, often satirical depictions of Jewish Americans, neurosis, sexual obsession, and the writing life.

Praise

"I read THE FACTS with the greatest pleasure. Fiction writers know that candor can be costly; yet Roth has managed to be extremely candid without sacrificing a lot of his usual wit, humor, and sarcasms." - John Irving

New York Times Book Review
"THE FACTS is a combined short novel, apologia pro vita sua, confession, exercise in nostalgia and reparation and informal reader's guide to the works of Philip Roth...." - Justin Kaplan 09/25/1988

Newsday (Long Island, N.Y.)
"A fine account of the origins of Roth's fiction--Philip Roth continues to be the most vigorous and truthful of American writers." - Phyllis Rose

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0208
Product attributePublisher:   Vintage Books
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