Philip Roth: The Biography By Blake Bailey
Philip Roth: The Biography is a 2021 ebook by biographer Blake Bailey. It’s the licensed biography of American novelist Philip Roth. It was first revealed on April 6, 2021, by W. W. Norton & Firm.
Appointed by Philip Roth and granted independence and full entry, Blake Bailey spent years poring over Roth’s private archive, interviewing his buddies, lovers, and colleagues, and interesting Roth himself in breathtakingly candid conversations. The result’s an indelible portrait of an American grasp and of the postwar literary scene.
Bailey exhibits how Roth emerged from a lower-middle-class Jewish milieu to realize the heights of literary fame, how his profession was almost derailed by his catastrophic first marriage, and the way he championed the work of dissident novelists behind the Iron Curtain.
Bailey examines Roth’s rivalrous friendships with Saul Bellow, John Updike, and William Styron, and divulges the truths of his florid love life, culminating in his almost-twenty-year relationship with actress Claire Bloom, who pilloried Roth in her 1996 memoir, Leaving a Doll’s Home.
Tracing Roth’s path from realism to farce to metafiction to the tragic masterpieces of the American Trilogy, Bailey explores Roth’s engagement with almost each facet of postwar American tradition.