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Philip Roth missed out on the Nobel Prize for Literature this year. Instead, he received a different prize, but one he considered near as worthy. The intersection of Keer and Summit Avenues in Newark, New Jersey, the setting for many of Roth’s novels, including sections of his latest, The Plot Against America, was renamed Philip Roth Plaza. A man of time and place such as Roth couldn’t ask for a better honor.

Editor: Nikki Tranter

Philip Roth missed out on the Nobel Prize for Literature this year. Instead, he received a different prize, but one he considered near as worthy. The intersection of Keer and Summit Avenues in Newark, New Jersey, the setting for many of Roth’s novels, including sections of his latest, The Plot Against America, was renamed Philip Roth Plaza. A man of time and place such as Roth couldn’t ask for a better honor. To coincide with Newark’s brand new Plaza, PopMatters writers Justin Cober-Lake, Tim O’Neil, and Steven Shymanik look back on the man and his work.


 

Friday, December 16 2005

Jewishness

Tim O'Neil looks at Roth's latest, The Plot Against America: a book not so much about the alternate history as about the nature and character of .


Philip Roth—Welcome to the Canon

Is Philip Roth America's greatest living writer? Steven Shymanik thinks so. He takes a look back at Roth's early work, freshly published by the Library of Congress.


My Life As a Narrator

Justin Cober-Lake looks at Roth's My Life as a Man, an early and under-appreciated book in the writer's canon that sets the postmodern narrative tone for his future works.


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