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The unconventional autobiography of a writer who has reshaped our idea of fiction.

The Facts is the unconventional autobiography of a writer who has reshaped our idea of fiction - a work of compelling candour and inventiveness, instructive particularly in its revelation of the interplay between life and art.

Philip Roth concentrates on five episodes from this life: his secure city childhood in the thirties and forties; his education in American life at a conventional college in the fifties; his passionate entanglement, as an ambitious young man, with the angriest person he ever met (the 'girl of my dreams' Roth calls her); his clash, as a fledgling writer, with a Jewish establishment outraged by Goodbye, Columbus; and his discovery, in the excesses of the sixties, of an unmined side to his talent that led him to write Portnoy's Complaint.

The book concludes surprisingly - in true Rothian fashion - with a sustained assault by the novelist against his proficiencies as an autobiographer.

Reviews

The Facts is a lively and serious version of a novelist's life

New York Review of Books

A fine account of the origin of Roth's fiction - Philip Roth continues to be the most vigorous and truthful of American writers

Newsday

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    9781446401163

    June 8, 2011

    Vintage Digital

    208 pages

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    9780099520962

    December 3, 2007

    Vintage

    208 pages

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