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Notes from Ann: Philip Roth

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Among his many honors, Philip Roth won the Pulitzer Prize and the Man Booker International Prize and was recognized with the National Humanities Medal, The American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal in Fiction, and the National Medal of Arts. He won the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award (both twice), as well as the PEN/Faulkner Award (three times). He died yesterday, May 22, 2018, at the age of 85.

I’m sitting in the airport, feeling terrible about Philip Roth’s death. I’ve been a devoted Roth reader since I was in high school, bought and read each of his books as they were published. I thrilled to them, learned from them, and loved them. The very worst Roth novel was still better than anything published in a given year. When I was 24 I got in terrible trouble in the English department where I was teaching for giving Portnoy’s Complaint to a college freshman. He loved it. His mother did not. Read the rest of this entry »