Roth Unbound by Claudia Roth Pierpont: no country for old menPhilip Roth must have been plagued more than any other writer with this dumbest of demands. For he writes out of his native Newark, sends his characters to his own high school, makes novelists his narrators, and calls one of his characters Philip Roth. After his second wife, the actress Claire Bloom, wrote a tell-all memoir of their marriage, he wrote an answering novel, in which an actress writes a memoir of her failed marriage to a radio star. Sooner or later there will be a biography. Pierpont met Roth in A couple of years later she received a letter from him responding to a New Yorker article she had written.
Philip Roth reading from 'The Ghost Writer'
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Philip Roth reading from 'Zuckerman Unbound'
January 8, Readers who love Philip Roth and readers who hate him, readers who have opened practically nothing by him and readers who have practically committed his prose to memory, all have reason to be grateful to Claudia Roth Pierpont for this study of the "writer and his books. It's true that Roth Unbound is an intellectual biography — the story of a mind — and not a gossipy chronicle of a famous man's eventful years. And yet its principal interest is biographical, whatever else Pierpont may have hoped to achieve. Her timing is exquisite.
His decades-long pursuit of Saul Bellow's approval strikes me as pure competitiveness. Which is not to say that the books are roman-a-clef's--as Roth continually reminds us, degrading and shameful acts of eroticism. But if there were, it's the job of the books to make stuff up. Portnoy is "a lust-ridden, how many people would read the bo.
Roth retired from writing because his memory started failing him. Yeah, Pierpont is soft on some of the more troubling aspects of Roth's oeuvre, drawn from their ongoing conversations. Her carefully researched and gracefully written account is filled with remarks from Roth himself.