Philip Roth, by Dr. Steven Covici

Posted on October 25, 2011

Philip Roth first achieved international prominence with the novel Portnoy’s Complaint (1969), but his career encompassed many other books. Perhaps his most famous recent work is The Plot Against America (2004), an alternate history in which Charles Lindbergh instead of Franklin Roosevelt wins the Presidency. The book won the Society of American Historians’ prize for an outstanding historical novel, as well as the W. H. Smith Award in Britain, to name two of many honors in Roth’s long career.

Roth’s first publication was Goodbye, Columbus (1959), which earned him a National Book Award and was also filmed. Like Saul Bellow, Roth explored his Jewish heritage, but with more irony. Roth’s questioning of the Jewish-American male’s identity forms the basis of The Professor of Desire (1977) and The Dying Animal (2001). American Pastoral (1997) won Philip Roth the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

About the author: Dr. Steven Covici, a reconstructive surgeon practicing in Connecticut and Massachusetts, is the author of several surgical book chapters.


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