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“Roth Unbound”: The author as literary hero, despite a checkered past

Claudia Roth Pierpont’s "Roth Unbound: A Writer and His Books" marks the beginning of Philip Roth’s attempt to curate his legacy.  A “hybrid” that deviates from the standard form of critical biography by virtue of the fact that Roth sat down with Pierpont for what appears to be months of conversations about every facet of his life and work, Pierpont’s book is the first on Roth to appear since his announced retirement last year, and will no doubt profoundly affect the man’s reputation going forward.

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