Memorial Hall Library

Remembering Phillip Roth

American author Phillip Roth passed away on May 22nd, 2018 at the age of 85. Roth was one of America's most-awarded authors, having won the PEN/Faulkner Award three times, the National Book Award twice, the National Book Critics Circle award, and received a Pulitzer Prize for Literature. Here are a few highlights from his long literary career.


	Portnoy's complaint
Portnoy's complaint
by Philip Roth

New York lawyer Alexander Portnoy, a young man dominated by a demanding Jewish mother, plays out a sexual revenge in fact and fantasy, in a special anniversary edition of the critically acclaimed novel. .

	Nemesis
Nemesis
by Philip Roth

In a book set in 1944 Newark, devoted playground director Bucky Cantor, sidelined from the war due to his poor eyesight, watches in horror as the city's polio epidemic begins to ravage the children on his playground.

	The plot against America
The plot against America
by Philip Roth

In a novel of alternative history, aviation hero and isolationist Charles A. Lindbergh defeats Franklin Roosevelt in the 1940 presidential election, negotiating a cordial accord with Adolf Hitler, accepting his conquest of Europe and anti-Semitic policies, and igniting a storm of fear for Jewish families throughout America.

	American pastoral
American pastoral
by Philip Roth

A former athletic star, devoted family man, and owner of a thriving glove factory, Seymour "Swede" Levov finds his life coming apart during the social disorder of the 1960s, when his beloved daughter turns revolutionary terrorist out to destroy her father's world.

	The human stain
The human stain
by Philip Roth

In an insightful new novel by the Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning author of I Married a Communist, a college professor with a sexual indiscretion in his past is hounded from his job by academic enemies who label him a racist.

	Goodbye, Columbus, and five short stories
Goodbye, Columbus, and five short stories
by Philip Roth

The contemporary writer provides insight into varied aspects of Jewish-American life.
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