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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
Everybody else is working to change, persuade, tempt and control them. The best readers come to fiction to be free of all that noise.

R
Obviously the facts are never just coming at you but are incorporated by an imagination that is formed by your previous experience. Memories of the past are not memories of facts but memories of your imaginings of the facts.
A
Is an intelligent human being likely to be much more than a large-scale manufacturer of misunderstanding?
N
Undermining experience, embellishing experience, rearranging and enlarging experience into a species of mythology.
K
When you publish a book, it's the world's book. The world edits it.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Quoted in George Plimpton ed "Writers at Work," Viking 86
R: The Facts, opening letter to Zuckerman (1988).
A: Nathan Zuckerman, in The Counterlife, ch. 5 (1986).
N: Letter to Zuckerman (published in The Facts, 1988), describing the life of a fiction writer.
K: New York Times Book Review, 9/2/1979
   


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