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  • Published: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407018515
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 192

Everyman




Reissued in electric new backlist style, Everyman is one of Philip Roth's late masterpieces and winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction
Everyman is a candidly intimate yet universal story of loss, regret and stoicism.

The novel takes its title from a classic of early English drama, whose theme is the summoning of the living to death.

The fate of Roth's everyman is traced from his first shocking confrontation with death on the idyllic beaches of his childhood summers, through the family trials and professional achievements of his vigorous adulthood, and into his old age when he is stalked with physical woes.

The terrain of this powerful novel is the human body. Its subject is the common experience that terrifies us all.

  • Published: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407018515
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 192

About the author

Philip Roth

Philip Roth was born in Newark, New Jersey on 19 March 1933. The second child of second-generation Americans, Bess and Herman Roth, Roth grew up in the largely Jewish community of Weequahic, a neighbourhood he was to return to time and again in his writing. After graduating from Weequahic High School in 1950, he attended Bucknell University, Pennsylvania and the University of Chicago, where he received a scholarship to complete his M.A. in English Literature.

In 1959, Roth published Goodbye, Columbus – a collection of stories, and a novella – for which he received the National Book Award. Ten years later, the publication of his fourth novel, Portnoy’s Complaint, brought Roth both critical and commercial success, firmly securing his reputation as one of America’s finest young writers. Roth was the author of thirty-one books, including those that were to follow the fortunes of Nathan Zuckerman, and a fictional narrator named Philip Roth, through which he explored and gave voice to the complexities of the American experience in the twentieth- and twenty-first centuries.

Roth’s lasting contribution to literature was widely recognised throughout his lifetime, both in the US and abroad. Among other commendations he was the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, the International Man Booker Prize, twice the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the National Book Award, and presented with the National Medal of Arts and the National Humanities Medal by Presidents Clinton and Obama, respectively.

Philip Roth died on 22 May 2018 at the age of eighty-five having retired from writing six years previously.

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Praise for Everyman

A savage, heart-wrenching novella

Francesca Martin, Harper's Bazaar

Roth's writing looks uncompromisingly straightforward but is subtle and clever... A human story for our times

A.S Byatt, New Statesman

Alive with literary brilliance for all its deathly subject matter

Peter Kemp, Sunday Times

A simple beautiful ending to a deeply sombre book.

Andrew Crumey, Scotland on Sunday

The genius of this short, bleak, remarkable novel stems from the way that Roth turns his desolate assessment of death into something bracing: an angry acceptance that mortality is the price we pay for the sheer wonder of this thing called life

Douglas Kennedy, The Times

This elegant little book shimmers with the mysteries and regrets of a whole life...Like Ford Madox Ford's masterful The Good Soldier, in fiction sometimes the best presents come in small packages... poignant, droll, and eloquent

Lionel Shriver, Daily Telegraph

[An] elegant novella

Angel Gurria-Quintana, Financial Times

Every sentence and every paragraph works with the coiled precision of the watch mechanisms that the narrators father repairs and glitters with the lapidary perfection of the perfection he sells

Tim Martin, Independent on Sunday

A brilliantly compressed account of a life

Christopher Tayler, Sunday Telegraph

This is as dark a novel as Roth has written yet it reads like a dream. Like all great fiction, its embrace is vice-like, the very ordinariness of Everyman's story making it extraordinarily compelling

Alan Taylor, Sunday Herald

Unexpectedly moving and written in an inviting easy story-telling style...

Economist

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