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Philip Roth's Rude Truth: The Art of Immaturity

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Has anyone ever worked harder and longer at being immature than Philip Roth? The novelist himself pointed out the paradox, saying that after establishing a reputation for maturity with two earnest novels, he "worked hard and long and diligently" to be frivolous--an effort that resulted in the notoriously immature Portnoy's Complaint (1969). Three-and-a-half decades and mor ...more
Hardcover, 301 pages
Published October 3rd 2006 by Princeton University Press (first published September 13th 2006)
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Aug 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
Claiming that Portnoy's Complaint, The Counterlife, Sabbath's Theater, and The Human Stain are Roth's four best novels, Posnock interprets them in the context of earlier American writing: Emerson, Melville, Hawthorne. He's particularly good on The Human Stain. "Immaturity" is an accurate -- and yet not the right -- word for what Roth values. Resonates with, and can seem to sort of repeat, Roth's autobiography, The Facts. Shortcomings and all, it's still the best book on Roth.
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