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The Facts : A Novelist's Autobiography (Paperback)

Author: Roth, Philip

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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.


Publisher Vintage Books
Mfg Part# 9780679749059
SKU 30118633
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0679749055
Release Date 2/1/1997
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0208
Publisher Vintage Books
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