Philip Roth's Olivetti Lettera 32 with Case, introduced in 1963. NOTE: a copyrighted image of Roth near this typewriter may be viewed at https://www.loa.org/writers/260-philip-roth SIZE: the typewriter itself 13.4" x 13.8 x 3.9" H, the case 14x12x4
Property from the estate of Philip Roth. Philip Roth was born in Newark New Jersey on 19 March, 1933. The second child of second-generation Americans Bess and Herman Roth, Roth grew up in the largely Jewish community of Weequahic, a neighborhood that he was to return to time and again in his writing. After graduating from Weequahic High School in 1950, he attended Bucknell University, Pennsylvania and the University of Chicago where he received a scholarship to complete his M.A. in English Literature.
In 1959, Roth published Goodbye Columbus - a collection of stories and a novella for which he received the National Book Award. Ten years later, the publication of his fourth novel Portnoy's Complaint brought Roth both critical and commercial success, firmly securing his reputation as one of America's finest young writers. Roth was the author of thirty-one books including those that were to follow the fortunes of Nathan Zuckerman and a fictional narrator narrator named Philip Roth through which he explored and gave voice to the complexities of the American experience in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
Roth's lasting contribution to literature was widely recognized in his lifetime, both in the United States and abroad. Among other commendations he was the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, the International Man Booker Prize, twice the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the National Book Award and presented with the National Medal of Arts and the National Humanities Medal by Presidents Clinton and Obama respectively.
Philip Roth died on 22 May 2018 at the age of eighty-five having retired from writing six years previous.
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