Biography

Philip Roth

In 1997, Philip Roth won the Pulitzer Prize for AMERICAN PASTORAL. In 1998 he received the National Medal of Arts at the White House and in 2002 the highest award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Gold Medal in Fiction, previously awarded to John Dos Passos, William Faulkner, and Saul Bellow, among others. He has twice won the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. He has won the PEN/Faulkner Award three times.

In 2005 THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA received the Society of American Historians’ prize for "the outstanding historical novel on an American theme for 2003-2004."

Recently Roth received PEN’s two most prestigious prizes: in 2006 the PEN/Nabokov Award for "a body of work…of enduring originality and consummate craftsmanship" and in 2007 the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for achievement in American Fiction, given to a writer whose "scale of achievement over a sustained career…places him or her in the highest rank of American literature."

Roth is the only living American writer to have his work published in a comprehensive, definitive edition by the Library of America. The last of eight volumes is scheduled for publication in 2013.

Philip Roth

Books by Philip Roth

by Philip Roth - Fiction

 

A young playground director in Newark helplessly witnesses his schoolboy charges fall to a polio outbreak against the backdrop of World War II.

by Philip Roth - Fiction

Philip Roth imagines an alternate version of American history in which Charles Lindbergh is elected President. The heroic aviator and rabid isolationist negotiates a cordial "understanding" with Adolf Hitler, while the government embarks on a program of folksy anti-Semitism. For one boy growing up in Newark, Lindbergh's election heralds a series of ruptures that threaten to destroy his small, safe corner of America.

by Philip Roth - Fiction, Literary Fiction

Seymour "Swede" Levov comes of age just after World War II, in a thriving and triumphant America. A legendary high school athlete, the diligent and successful inheritor of his father's glove factory, the proprietor of an eighteenth-century stone house in the heart of WASP country, the devoted husband of a beautiful and intelligent wife, and the father of a charming daughter, the Swede appears to have fulfilled the ambitions of generations of struggling forebears. But his carefully constructed life begins to collapse as he and America face the challenges of the turbulent sixties, and he sees his adored daughter, Merry turn, first into a rebellious adolescent and then into a revolutionary terrorist.