A Feminist Won Over by Philip Roth

 photo credit: Star Ledger

photo credit: Star Ledger

The Star Ledger, 3/17/2013

I have been teaching some of Roth’s fiction since the 1990s in the English department at Rutgers University-Newark. Like many feminists, I kept my distance in the post-”Portnoy” years. But his autobiography, “The Facts,” moved me as he talked about his early years and his parents, calling himself “her Philip,” “his Roth.” On a summer vacation, I took along “The Counterlife” and was stunned by its language and its humor. Then came “American Pastoral” and I was hooked.  READ MORE

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