Monday, September 13, 2010

New This Month: Philip Roth: Novels 1993-1995

The Library of America continues their publication of Philip Roth novels just as the author is about to add to his oeuvre with the publication of Nemesis (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) which will come out early next month.

Meanwhile, fans as well as those new to the author’s work can sate their desire with the sixth Library of America publication of Roth’s work. Included in Philip Roth: Novels 1993-1995 are two books that were highly awarded when they were published (though not universally loved): Operation Shylock from 1993 and Sabbath’s Theater from 1995.

While neither of these more recent Roth works are among the author’s best known, Operation Shylock, a tail of mistaken identity that includes a character named Philip Roth, won the PEN/Faulkner Award. Sabbath’s Theater, a book that was alternately loved and loathed when it was first published, won the National Book Award in 1995.

Previous Library of America Roth-focused editions collected the novels from 1959-1962; 1967-1972; 1973-1977, 1979-1985 and 1986-1991. This most recent publication represents two of the author's most important works, in that they heralded an era of new focus and renewed energy for Roth, one that clearly continues in the work being published now.



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