Now open for research: the Benjamin Taylor Collection of Philip Roth Materials
The Manuscripts Division is pleased to announce that the Benjamin Taylor Collection of Philip Roth Materials (C1609) is now available for research. Philip Roth (1933-2018) was one of the foremost American authors of his time. His published works include 30 novels, from his novella Goodbye Columbus (1959) and highly successful Portnoy’s Complaint (1969), to Nemesis (2010). Roth won many literary honors, including a Pulitzer Prize in Fiction (1998) for his novel American Pastoral (1997), as well as two National Book Awards, two National Book Critics Circle awards, three PEN/Faulkner Awards, and the Man Booker International Prize. Roth was born in Newark, New Jersey, and taught Creative Writing at Princeton University, 1962-64. The New York Times described him as “the last of the great white males: the triumvirate of writers—Saul Bellow and John Updike were the others—who towered over American letters in the second half of the 20th century. Outliving both and borne aloft by an extraordinary second wind, Mr. Roth wrote more novels than either of them.” Benjamin Taylor met Philip Roth in 1995, and the two authors became close friends and confidants for the rest of Roth’s life. Taylor is the author of the novels Tales Out of School (1995) and The Book of Getting Even(2008), as well as a number of nonfiction books, including Proust: The Search (2015) and The Hue and Cry at Our House: A Year Remembered (2017). He is also the editor of Saul Bellow: Letters (2010). Taylor teaches creative writing at The New School and at Columbia University’s School of the Arts.
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