Five new literary biographies examine the lives of writers including Philip Roth, Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath
a grim but important read from @rtraister on what is to be learned from how the philip roth biographer landed the gig in the first place
Philip Roth emerges from a new biography as sex-obsessed and difficult. But there was a different side of the great American novelist.
‘Everybody else is working to change, persuade, tempt and control them. The best readers come to fiction to be free of all that noise.’ Philip Roth, 1933 - 2018
Rest in peace, Philip Roth. “There has to be some pleasure in this job, and that’s it. To go around in disguise. To act a character. To pass oneself off as what one is not. To pretend. The sly and cunning masquerade.”