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Philip Roth
(1933-____) born on
Mar 19
US novelist, short-story writer. His works include an acute ear for dialogue, Jewish middle-class life, and painful entanglements, e.g., "Goodbye Columbus," and "Portnoy's Complaint."
"A Jewish man with parents alive is a fifteen-year-old boy, and will remain a fifteen-year-old boy until they die!"

I cannot and do not live in the world of discretion, not as a writer, anyway. I would prefer to, I assure you -- it would make life easier. But discretion is, unfortunately, not for novelists.
I write fiction and I'm told it's autobiography, I write autobiography and I'm told it's fiction, so since I'm so dim and they're so smart, let them decide what it is or it isn't.
It isn't that you subordinate your ideas to the force of the facts in autobiography but that you construct a sequence of stories to bind up the facts with a persuasive hypothesis that unravels your history's meaning.
A kind of fever that flares up from time to time. . . . flared up again . . . to about 107 . . . Now there's just a low-grade fever running, nothing to worry about.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Portnoy's Complaint, "Cunt Crazy" (1967).
R: Phillip, in Deception (1990, p. 190 of Jonathan Cape ed.), to his wife.
A: Deception, "Philip" (1990).
N: The Facts, opening letter to Zuckerman (1988).
K: On criticism of his writing; in NY "Times," 1 Aug 85

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