The Resource Philip Roth revisited, Jay L. Halio

Philip Roth revisited, Jay L. Halio

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Philip Roth revisited
Title
Philip Roth revisited
Statement of responsibility
Jay L. Halio
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Philip Roth is unquestionably one of the major literary voices of our time, one who has combined critical acclaim with a wide readership. Since the publication of Bernard F. Rodgers's Twayne study of Roth (1978), Roth's oeuvre has expanded considerably both in bulk and in range, with the publication of such major works as The Ghost Writer, The Counterlife, and Patrimony. Philip Roth Revisited is an entirely new look at this important writer's life and work. In this sensitive study Jay L. Halio interprets Roth as fundamentally a comic writer in the tradition of that great "sit-down comedian," Franz Kafka. Humor, Halio argues, is for Roth the vehicle of truth. The present volume is more than a study of a single theme in Roth's work, however for Halio gives full consideration to the many complexities of Roth's writings. Roth has always, for instance, been a writer deeply concerned with characteristically Jewish themes, often controversially so, as in his outrageously comic Portnoy's Complaint. Halio places Roth in his Jewish-American milieu, explaining both the similarities and the differences between Roth and other Jewish-American writers, and discussing the reception of Roth's work by the Jewish community. In the latter part of his career, perhaps influenced by the insistence of readers and critics on seeing the author himself in his protagonists, Roth has turned to the complex theme of the interweaving of art and autobiography a concern that has both intrigued and irritated some critics. Halio's analysis of this important element in Roth's work is perhaps the clearest available reading of a notoriously complex subject. Comic, subtle, intelligent, Philip Roth's literary art reps careful and sensitive reading. Halio's study will be valuable to students and scholars of American literature, and to general readers interested in learning about one of America's leading men of letters
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DLC
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Halio, Jay L
Index
index present
LC call number
PS3568.O855
LC item number
Z69 1992
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Roth, Philip
  • Roth, Philip
  • Roth, Philip
  • Roth, Philip
Label
Philip Roth revisited, Jay L. Halio
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 205-223) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xvii, 231 pages
Isbn
9780805739626
Lccn
92012173
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)25674962
  • (OCoLC)ocm25674962
Label
Philip Roth revisited, Jay L. Halio
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 205-223) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xvii, 231 pages
Isbn
9780805739626
Lccn
92012173
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)25674962
  • (OCoLC)ocm25674962

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