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- DescriptionHas anyone ever worked harder and longer at being immature than Philip Roth? The velist himself pointed out the paradox, saying that after establishing a reputation for maturity with two earnest vels, he worked hard and long and diligently to be frivolous--an effort that resulted in the toriously immature Porty's Complaint (1969). Three-and-a-half decades and more than twenty books later, Roth is still at his serious pursuit of the unserious. But his art of immaturity has itself matured, developing surprising links with two traditions of immaturity--an American one that includes Emerson, Melville, and Henry James, and a late twentieth-century Eastern European one that developed in reaction to totalitarianism. In Philip Roth's Rude Truth--one of the first major studies of Roth's career as a whole--Ross Posck examines Roth's mature immaturity in all its depth and richness. Philip Roth's Rude Truth will force readers to reconsider the narrow categories into which Roth has often been slotted--laureate of Newark, New Jersey; junior partner in the firm Salinger, Bellow, Mailer, and Malamud; Jewish-American regionalist. In dramatic contrast to these caricatures, the Roth who emerges from Posck's readable and intellectually vibrant study is a great cosmopolitan in the tradition of Henry James and Milan Kundera.
- Author BiographyRoss Posnock is Professor of English at Columbia University, where he also teaches American Studies. His books include The Trial of Curiosity: Henry James, William James, and the Challenge of Modernity; Color and Culture: Black Writers and the Making of the Modern Intellectual; and The Cambridge Companion to Ralph Ellison .
- Author(s)Ross Posnock
- PublisherPrinceton University Press
- Date of Publication28/07/2008
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationNew Jersey
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintPrinceton University Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight457 g
- Width152 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine23 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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