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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."
         
   
F
"A Jewish man with parents alive is a fifteen-year-old boy, and will remain a fifteen-year-old boy until they die!"

R
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.
A
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.
N
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.
K
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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