Philip Roth: The Biography

Philip Roth: The Biography

“One of the most anticipated literary biographies in recent memory.”
Associated Press

“Excellent … evenhanded … Roth gave Bailey access to his archive and sat down for interviews, and it shows, especially in the many intimate details about Roth’s personal life … An outstanding biography of a prolific author for whom writing was ‘a ghastly protracted slog.'”
Kirkus (starred review)

“To have our most notable literary biographer tackle a man consistently listed among the planet’s master novelists is a monumental gift in the realm of international letters. Not only does Blake Bailey bring his famously scrupulous research to bear on this life packed with equal parts honor and scandal, he does so with economy and narrative force―all while working in elegant, unforgettable prose. As a friend of Roth late in his life, I rue certain stories detailed here. But Bailey also conjures in riveting, almost-holographic detail a man I loved quite literally to death, partly because he never bored me. I wept and railed, marveled and shook my fist at the sky. ‘Just make me interesting,’ Roth asked of Bailey, and this unputdownable page-turner does just that.”
—Mary Karr

“Everything you ever wanted to know about Philip Roth you can discover in his novels. Everything you ever wanted to know about what it took to become one of the greatest American writers of our time, you will find in Blake Bailey’s breathtaking biography.”
—Nicole Krauss

“Philip Roth, to go with his legendary talent, was a lucky man. That streak continues with Blake Bailey’s charming, wise, and witty biography, which achieves a balance and comprehensiveness that shouldn’t have been possible so soon after Roth’s death.”
—Jonathan Lethem