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Philip Roth
Philip Roth

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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. 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 awards: in 2006 the... Read More

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American Pastoral
American Trilogy (1)
Written by Philip Roth


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 3, 1998
Price: $15.95

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE

As the American century draws to an uneasy close, Philip Roth gives us a novel of unqualified greatness that is an elegy for all our century's promises of prosperity, civic order,  and domestic bliss. Roth's protagonist is Swede Levov, a legendary athlete at his Newark high school, who... Read more >

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The Anatomy Lesson

Written by Philip Roth


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 30, 1996
Price: $13.95

The Anatomy Lesson, the third volume of the trilogy and epilogue Zuckerman Bound, is a great comedy of illness written in what the English critic, Hermione Lee, has described as "a manner at once...brash and thoughtful... lyrical and wry, which projects through comic expostulations and confessions...a knowing, humane authority." Nathan Zuckerman... Read more >

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The Breast

Written by Philip Roth


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 15, 1994
Price: $12.95

Professor David Kepesh wakes up one morning to find that he has been transformed into a 155-pound female breast. What follows, in bizarre yet hysterical Kafkaesque fashion, is a touching exploration of the full implications of Kepesh's metamorphosis--a daring, heretical book that brings us face to face with the intrinsic strangeness... Read more >

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The Counterlife

Written by Philip Roth


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 6, 1996
Price: $15.00

The Counterlife is about people enacting their dreams of renewal and escape, some of them going so far as to risk their lives to alter seemingly irreversible destinies. Wherever they may find themselves, the characters of The Counterlife are tempted unceasingly by the prospect of an alternative existence that can reverse... Read more >

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Deception

Written by Philip Roth


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 1, 1997
Price: $15.00

At the center of Deception are two adulterers in their hiding place. He is a middle-aged American writer named Philip, living in London, and she is an articulate, intelligent, well-educated Englishwoman compromised by a humiliating marriage to which, in her thirties, she is already half-resigned. The book's action consists of conversations--mainly... Read more >

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The Dying Animal (Movie Tie-In Edition)

Written by Philip Roth


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 22, 2008
Price: $12.95

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The Dying Animal

Written by Philip Roth


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 9, 2002
Price: $14.00

No matter how much you know, no matter how much you think, no matter how much you plot and you connive and you plan, you’re not superior to sex. With these words our most unflaggingly energetic and morally serious novelist launches perhaps his fiercest book. The speaker is David Kepesh, white-haired... Read more >

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Everyman

Written by Philip Roth


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 10, 2007
Price: $13.95

Philip Roth's new novel is a candidly intimate yet universal story of loss, regret, and stoicism. The bestselling author of The Plot Against America now turns his attention from "one family's harrowing encounter with history" (New York Times) to one man's lifelong skirmish with mortality.

The fate of Roth's everyman is traced... Read more >

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Exit Ghost

Written by Philip Roth


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 11, 2008
Price: $14.95

Nathan Zuckerman returns to New York in the long-awaited final installment of Philip Roth's renowned Zuckerman series.

Alone for eleven years on his New England mountain, Zuckerman has been nothing but a writer: no media, no terrorist threats, no women, no tasks other than his work and the enduring of old age... Read more >

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The Facts
A Novelist's Autobiography
Written by Philip Roth


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 28, 1997
Price: $14.00

The Facts is an unconventional autobiography. Roth concentrates on five episodes from his life: his secure city childhood in the 1930s and '40s; his education in American life at a conventional college; his passionate entanglement, as an ambitious young man, with the angriest person he ever met (the "girl of my... Read more >

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The Ghost Writer

Written by Philip Roth


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 1, 1995
Price: $14.95

The Ghost Writer introduces Nathan Zuckerman in the 1950s, a budding writer infatuated with the Great Books, discovering the contradictory claims of literature and experience while an overnight guest in the secluded New England farmhouse of his idol, E.I. Lonoff. The first volume of the trilogy and epilogue Zuckerman Bound, The... Read more >

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Goodbye, Columbus
and Five Short Stories
Written by Philip Roth


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 13, 1994
Price: $15.00

Winner of the National Book Award

Roth's award-winning first book--about Neil Klugman, Brenda Patimkin, and their relationship, which tests the boundaries of suspicion, social class, and love--instantly established its author's reputation as a writer of explosive wit, merciless insight, and a fierce compassion for even the most self-deluding of characters. Read more >

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The Great American Novel

Written by Philip Roth


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 11, 1995
Price: $16.00

In this ribald, richly imagined, and wickedly satiric novel, Roth turns baseball's status as national pastime and myth into an occasion for unfettered picaresque farce, replete with heroism and perfidy, ebullient wordplay and a cast of characters that includes the House Un-American Activities Committee.

"Roth invents baseball anew, as pure slapstick... An... Read more >

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The Human Stain
American Trilogy (3)
Written by Philip Roth


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 8, 2001
Price: $16.00

Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award

It is 1998, the year in which America is whipped into a frenzy of prurience by the impeachment of a president, and in a small New England town, an aging classics professor, Coleman Silk, is forced to retire when his colleagues decree that he is a racist... Read more >

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The Humbling

Written by Philip Roth


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 5, 2010
Price: $14.95

Simon Axler, one of the leading American stage actors of his generation, is now in his sixties and has lost his magic, talent, and assurance. His Falstaff and Peer Gynt and Vanya, all his great roles, “are melted into air, into thin air.” When his wife leaves him, and after a... Read more >

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I Married a Communist

Written by Philip Roth


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 2, 1999
Price: $15.95

A New York Times Notable Book

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of American Pastoral, I Married a Communist is the story of the rise and fall of Ira Ringold, a big American roughneck who begins life as a teenage ditch-digger in 1930s Newark, becomes a big-time 1940s radio star, and is destroyed... Read more >

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Indignation

Written by Philip Roth


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 6, 2009
Price: $15.00

In 1951, the second year of the Korean War, a studious, law-abiding, and intense youngster from Newark, New Jersey, Marcus Messner, begins his sophomore year on the pastoral, conservative campus of Ohio's Winesburg College. And why is he there and not at a local college in Newark where he originally enrolled?... Read more >

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Letting Go

Written by Philip Roth


Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 2, 1997
Price: $16.95

Letting Go is Roth's first full-length novel, published just after Goodbye, Columbus, when he was twenty-nine. Set in the 1950s Chicago, New York, and Iowa city, Letting Go presents as brilliant a fictional portrait as we have of a mid-century America defined by social and ethical constraints and by moral compulsions... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Letting Go

Written by Philip Roth


Format: eBook, 640 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 20, 2011
Price: $12.99

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Also available as a trade paperback.

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My Life as a Man

Written by Philip Roth


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 13, 1994
Price: $16.00

A fiction-within-a-fiction, a labyrinthine edifice of funny, mournful, and harrowing meditations on the fatal impasse between a man and a woman, My Life as a Man is Roth's most blistering novel. At its heart lies the marriage of Peter and Maureen Tarnopol, a gifted young writer and the woman who wants... Read more >

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Nemesis

Written by Philip Roth


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 4, 2011
Price: $15.95

Set in a Newark neighborhood during a terrifying polio outbreak, Nemesis is a wrenching examination of the forces of circumstance on our lives.

Bucky Cantor is a vigorous, dutiful twenty-three-year-old playground director during the summer of 1944. A javelin thrower and weightlifter, he is disappointed with himself because his weak eyes... Read more >

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Operation Shylock
A Confession
Written by Philip Roth


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 15, 1994
Price: $16.00

Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award

In Operation Shylock, Philip Roth meets a man who may or may not be Philip Roth. Because someone with that name has been touring Israel, promoting a bizarre reverse exodus of the Jews. Roth is intent on stopping him, even if that means impersonating his own impersonator... Read more >

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Our Gang

Written by Philip Roth


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 29, 2001
Price: $12.95

A ferocious political satire in the great tradition, Our Gang is Philip Roth’s brilliantly indignant response to the phenomenon of Richard M. Nixon.

In the character of Trick E. Dixon, Roth shows us a man who outdoes the severest cynic, a peace-loving Quaker and believer in the sanctity of human life who... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Our Gang

Written by Philip Roth


Format: eBook
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 19, 2009
Price: $9.99

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Also available as a trade paperback.

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Patrimony
A True Story
Written by Philip Roth


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 3, 1996
Price: $15.00

Patrimony, a true story, touches the emotions as strongly as anything Philip Roth has ever written. Roth watches as his 86-year-old father--famous for his vigor, charm, and his repertoire of Newark recollections--battles with the brain tumor that will kill him. The son, full of love, anxiety, and dread, accompanies his father... Read more >
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