Authors Philip Roth

Show_4a817f364eb13c854ff950226cf422e3 Nancy Crampton
  • In the conservative contemporary American literary landscape, Philip Roth is the only one of our anointed writers still willing to re-invent himself and his writing, to experiment with new forms in a public venue and so risk failing before his large and adoring audience, and for that alone he deserves admiration.

  • Roth’s particular brand of misogyny is often almost excusable—merely an ineffective answer to the important questions he raises about the relationships between sons and mothers or husbands and wives. And it’s not really the misogyny […] that takes the breath away as much as the gynophobia, the refusal to understand that women might have a stake in the most serious political questions of their time […] and so might want to do something to address those questions.

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