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Philip Roth - The Bard of Newark and Beyond

Novelist & short story writer, PHILIP ROTH was born in Newark in 1933, and attended public schools before attending Rutgers and Bucknell (BA) and the University of Chicago (MA). Roth was first published in the Chicago Review while in graduate school, and taught variously in Chicago, Stony Brook, NY and Iowa as he pursued writing. His first book, “Goodbye Columbus” won the National Book Award in 1960, and he went on to complete thirty more, in addition to short stories and memoirs.


Some of the best known are “Portnoy’s Complaint” (1969), the “Zuckerman Bound” novels (1979 - 1985), “American Pastoral” (1997) and “The Human Stain” (2000). Philip Roth won the National Book Critics Circle Award twice, the Faulkner/PEN Award three times, and the Pulitzer Prize in 1997.




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