Item description for Philip Roth: Novels 1967-1972: When She Was Good / Portnoy's Complaint / Our Gang / The Breast (Library of America) by Philip Roth...
Overview A compendium of definitive writings includes the psychological portrait, When She Was Good; the celebrity-making Portnoy's Complaint; the Swiftian takedown of the Nixon administration known as Our Gang; and The Breast, which introduced evolving protagonist David Kepesh.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 5.25" Height: 8.25" Weight: 1.3 lbs.
Release Date Aug 18, 2005
Publisher Library of America
ISBN 1931082804 ISBN13 9781931082808
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More About 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 PEN/Nabokov Award and in 2007 the PEN/Bellow Award for achievement in American fiction. Roth is the only living American novelist to have his work published in a comprehensive, definitive edition by the Library of America. In 2011 he received the National Humanities Medal at the White House, and was later named the fourth recipient of the Man Booker International Prize.
Philip Roth currently resides in Newark. Philip Roth was born in 1933.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Philip Roth: Novels 1967-1972: When She Was Good / Portnoy's Complaint / Our Gang / The Breast (Library of America)?
Not What I Ordered Nov 22, 2007
The copy was sent without a jacket--as I was collecting the entire series, this was a disappointment. I returned it but was not refunded the purchase price. Will think twice before ordering again. Buying from a bookstore is better.
When She Was Good is very, very good Jun 12, 2007
If I remember correctly, this book was trashed on the front page of the NY Times Book Review section forty years ago because the reviewer thought a young Jew should not or could not write about small town WASP America. I could not disagree more, both in principle and after reading the novel several years later. I was relieved to find the writer (a man!) would take the trouble to write about a young woman who had marched in her high school band and worked at the Dairy Queen. The book jacket described her as the all-American bitch but I doubt this was Roth's full intention. The ending was beautifully written and so believable it affected my own behavior. Some of the most memorable pages in Roth's prizewinning American Pastoral reminded me of When She Was Good, a book even Roth usually overlooks in talking about his work. Too bad the review may have had a searing effect for a long time.
'Portnoy's Complaint' is the book Roth will live by Sep 5, 2005
'When She was Good' is not very good. 'The Breast' is a bad- taste joke which cannot approach the Kafka or Gogol that are its inspiration. 'Portnoy's Complaint' is Roth's masterpiece. And even if he has shown through subsequent years great staying power, and considerable seriousness, and truly outstanding work ( Parts of 'American Pastoral' and 'Patrimony' for example) this is the one work in which he reveals what he best has to give. It is arguably one of the funniest books ever written, and deeply poignant one. It is an American classic and justifies Roth's place in this series.
Redundant for true fans; baffling for his enemies Aug 31, 2005
This would make a great gift. It's an honor for Philip Roth to be included in this series. He has never written a bad book. Just give him the Noble prize for literature and be done with it. Thanks for a lifetime of serious laughs and the playful insights,Phil.