Publication date:

15 December 2016

Length of book:

214 pages


Lexington Books

ISBN-13: 9781498514651

Philip Roth scholars continue to reflect on what Philip Roth’s retirement in 2012 means for the landscape of American literature and what his professed disappearance from the public eye in 2014 would mean for the future consideration of his legacy.

This collection seeks to answer those questions in a scholarly way. Composed of eleven original essays written by accomplished scholars in the field of Philip Roth Studies, the collection is both relevant and engaging on three levels: it is the first of its kind to offer a scholarly retrospective of Roth’s works and career; it considers Roth within the American literary imagination; and it speculates on Roth’s legacy—particularly the enduring quality of his novels that will continue to resonate long after his retirement.
This collection of new essays is a most fitting tribute to the 'end' of Philip Roth’s long and prolific career. The rich and varied approaches to Roth’s fiction contained in these pages reflect the enduring influence of one of the major voices of late twentieth-early twenty first century American life and thought. The essays artfully arranged in this volume seamlessly and gracefully paint a portrait of this ingeniously complex writer of our time.