Philip Milton Roth (1933-2018) received recognition as an American book and short story writer. He set his novel backgrounds mostly in New Jersey that presents his birthplace. Roth developed a unique style combining fiction with the real world. He built up a reputation with his Goodbye, Columbus book published in 1959 and won the National Book Award for Fiction. Roth received the National Book Critics Circle, Faulkner, WH Smith Literary and other awards. Descendent from a Jewish lineage, his parents derived from Kozlov in Galicia. His mother’s family originated from Kiev and Roth completed his high-school education at Newark’s Weequahic High School in 1950.
He initially attended Rutgers University over a one-year period. He also joined the Bucknell University in Pennsylvania to complete his studies. Roth graduated in English and received a scholarship to attend the University of Chicago. He completed a Master’s degree in English literature in 1955. Roth’s initial work became printed in the Chicago Review. His first full-scale book Goodbye, Columbus presents a combined novella and few short stories. Roth published his novel Letting Go in 1962 and the book When She Was Good in 1967. In 1969 he published the controversial Portnoy’s Complaint novel and the political satire named Our Gang in 1971.
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