Reading Myself and Others

By: Philip Roth [signed]

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Reading Myself and Others is an anthology of essays, interviews and criticism by the author Philip Roth. The first half of the book is built mainly upon Roth's assessment of his own published works at the time of the anthology's publication. The second half of the volume consists of essays and introductions by Roth about other authors. Many of the essays were occasioned by the abrupt fame and scrutiny which came to Roth upon the publication of his storm-provoking fourth novel, Portnoy's Complaint. In the "Author's Note", Roth writes that the selections in the book "are largely the by-products of getting started as a novelist, and then of taking stock." Reading Myself includes interviews of Roth conducted by other authors as well as several essays in which Roth attempts to answer some of the critics of his early works. Among the interviews, one was conducted by the author Joyce Carol Oates about Roth's novel The Breast. Appropriate to the book's title, Roth even conducts a self-interview about the origins and intentions of his work. Reading Myself also includes a letter that Roth wrote, but never sent, to the literary critic Diana Trilling in response to her dismissive review of Portnoy's Complaint; Trilling found Portnoy "lacking", but Roth found Trilling's reasoning as lacking.

Title: Reading Myself and Others

Author Name: Philip Roth [signed]

Categories: Signed,

Edition: 1st Edition

Publisher: New York, Farrar Straus & Giroux: 1975

ISBN Number: 0374247536

ISBN Number 13: 9780374247539

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Jacket Condition: Very Good

Type: Book

Inscription: Signed by Author(s)

Seller ID: xzp105

Keywords: ROTH PHILIP 1933 BIOGRAPHY AUTOBIOGRAPHY