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Philip Roth

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
Written by Philip Roth
Vintage | Trade Paperback | February 1998
$15.95/18.95(Canada) | 978-0-375-70142-9 (0-375-70142-7)

Soon to be a major motion picture!

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... Read more

The Anatomy Lesson
Written by Philip Roth
Vintage | Trade Paperback | January 1996
$15.95/20.95(Canada) | 978-0-679-74902-8 (0-679-74902-0)

At forty, the writer Nathan Zuckerman comes down with a mysterious affliction—pure pain, beginning in his neck and shoulders, invading his torso, and taking possession of his spirit. Zuckerman, whose work was his life, is unable to write a line. Now his work is trekking from one doctor to another, but... Read more

The Breast
Written by Philip Roth
Vintage | Trade Paperback | March 1994
$13.95/17.95(Canada) | 978-0-679-74901-1 (0-679-74901-2)

Like a latter-day Gregor Samsa, Professor David Kepesh wakes up one morning to find that he has been transformed. But where Kafka's protagonist turned into a giant beetle, the narrator of Philip Roth's richly conceived fantasy has become a 155-pound female breast. What follows is a deliriously funny yet touching exploration... Read more

The Counterlife
Written by Philip Roth
Vintage | Trade Paperback | August 1996
$15.95/18.95(Canada) | 978-0-679-74904-2 (0-679-74904-7)

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

Written by Philip Roth
Vintage | Trade Paperback | April 1997
$15.00/18.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-75294-3 (0-679-75294-3)

"With the lover everyday life recedes," Roth writes—and exhibiting all his skill as a brilliant observer of human passion, he presents in Deception the tightly enclosed world of adulterous intimacy with a directness that has no equal in American fiction. At the center of Deception are two adulterers in their hiding... Read more

The Dying Animal (Movie Tie-In Edition)
Written by Philip Roth
Vintage | Trade Paperback | July 2008
$12.95/14.95(Canada) | 978-0-307-45488-1 (0-307-45488-6)

David Kepesh is an eminent cultural critic and star lecturer at a New York college-as well as an articulate propagandist of the sexual revolution. For years he has made a practice of sleeping with adventurous female students while maintaining an aesthete's critical distance. But now that distance has been annihilated.

When he... Read more

The Dying Animal
Written by Philip Roth
Vintage | Trade Paperback | July 2002
$14.95/17.95(Canada) | 978-0-375-71412-2 (0-375-71412-X)

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

Written by Philip Roth
Vintage | Trade Paperback | April 2007
$14.95/19.50(Canada) | 978-0-307-27771-8 (0-307-27771-2)

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

Exit Ghost
Written by Philip Roth
Vintage | Trade Paperback | November 2008
$14.95/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-38729-5 (0-307-38729-1)

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

The Facts
Written by Philip Roth
Vintage | Trade Paperback | January 1997
$14.00/16.50(Canada) | 978-0-679-74905-9 (0-679-74905-5)

The Facts is the unconventional autobiography of a writer who has reshaped our idea of fiction—a work of compelling candor and inventiveness, instructive particularly in its revelation of the interplay between life and art.

Philip Roth concentrates on five episodes from his life: his secure city childhood in the thirties and... Read more

The Ghost Writer
Written by Philip Roth
Vintage | Trade Paperback | August 1995
$14.95/17.95(Canada) | 978-0-679-74898-4 (0-679-74898-9)

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.

At Lonoff's, Zuckerman meets Amy Bellette, a haunting young woman... Read more

Goodbye, Columbus
Written by Philip Roth
Vintage | Trade Paperback | January 1994
$15.00/18.95(Canada) | 978-0-679-74826-7 (0-679-74826-1)

Roth's award-winning first book 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 his characters.

Goodbye, Columbus is the story of Neil Klugman and pretty, spirited Brenda Patimkin, he of poor Newark, she of suburban Short Hills, who... Read more

The Great American Novel
Written by Philip Roth
Vintage | Trade Paperback | April 1995
$16.00/18.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-74906-6 (0-679-74906-3)

Gil Gamesh, the only pitcher who ever literally tried to kill the umpire. The ex-con first baseman, John Baal, "The Babe Ruth of the Big House," who never hit a home run sober. If you've never heard of them—or of the Ruppert Mundys, the only homeless big-league ball team in American... Read more

The Human Stain
Written by Philip Roth
Vintage | Trade Paperback | May 2001
$16.00/19.95(Canada) | 978-0-375-72634-7 (0-375-72634-9)

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. The charge is a... Read more

The Humbling
Written by Philip Roth
Vintage | Trade Paperback | October 2010
$14.95/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-47258-8 (0-307-47258-2)

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

I Married a Communist
Written by Philip Roth
Vintage | Trade Paperback | November 1999
$15.95/18.95(Canada) | 978-0-375-70721-6 (0-375-70721-2)

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, as both a performer and a man, in the McCarthy witchhunt of the... Read more

Written by Philip Roth
Vintage | Trade Paperback | October 2009
$16.00/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-38891-9 (0-307-38891-3)

National Bestseller. Soon to be a major motion picture, directed by James Schamus!

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... Read more

Letting Go
Written by Philip Roth
Vintage | Trade Paperback | September 1997
$16.95/19.95(Canada) | 978-0-679-76417-5 (0-679-76417-8)

Letting Go is Roth's first full-length novel, published just after Goodbye, Columbus, when he was twenty-nine. Set in 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 conspicuously... Read more

My Life as a Man
Written by Philip Roth
Vintage | Trade Paperback | January 1994
$16.00/19.95(Canada) | 978-0-679-74827-4 (0-679-74827-X)

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

Written by Philip Roth
Vintage | Trade Paperback | October 2011
$15.95/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-47500-8 (0-307-47500-X)

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

Operation Shylock
Written by Philip Roth
Vintage | Trade Paperback | March 1994
$16.00/19.95(Canada) | 978-0-679-75029-1 (0-679-75029-0)

Time Magazine Best American Novel (1993)

In this fiendishly imaginative book (which may or may not be fiction), 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... Read more

Our Gang
Written by Philip Roth
Vintage | Trade Paperback | May 2001
$12.95/14.95(Canada) | 978-0-375-72684-2 (0-375-72684-5)

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

Written by Philip Roth
Vintage | Trade Paperback | June 1996
$15.00/18.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-75293-6 (0-679-75293-5)

Patrimony, a true story, touches the emotions as strongly as anything Philip Roth has ever written. Roth watches as his eighty-six-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

The Plot Against America
Written by Philip Roth
Vintage | Trade Paperback | September 2005
$15.95/19.95(Canada) | 978-1-4000-7949-0 (1-4000-7949-7)

In an astonishing feat of empathy and narrative invention, our most ambitious novelist imagines an alternate version of American history.
In 1940 Charles A. Lindbergh, heroic aviator and rabid isolationist, is elected President. Shortly thereafter, he negotiates a cordial “understanding” with Adolf Hitler, while the new government embarks on a program... Read more

Portnoy's Complaint
Written by Philip Roth
Vintage | Trade Paperback | September 1994
$15.95/18.95(Canada) | 978-0-679-75645-3 (0-679-75645-0)

Portnoy's Complaint n. [after Alexander Portnoy (1933- )] A disorder in which strongly-felt ethical and altruistic impulses are perpetually warring with extreme sexual longings, often of a perverse nature. Spielvogel says: 'Acts of exhibitionism, voyeurism, fetishism, auto-eroticism and oral coitus are plentiful; as a consequence of the patient's "morality," however, neither... Read more