Simon Axler is one of America's leading classical stage actors, but his talent - his magic - has deserted him. All the spontaneity and unthinking impulsiveness that made him great has been replaced by a paralysing self-consciousness. Overwhelmed, Axler's wife promptly leaves him, and Axler checks into a psychiatric hospital. It is only when he begins an affair with Pegeen - formerly a lesbian of 17 years - that Axler's regeneration (and then his final catastrophe) can begin.
A literary colossus, whose ability to inspire, astonish and enrage his readers is undiminished'
There is a clarity, almost a ruthlessness, to his work, which makes the experience of reading any of his books a bracing, wild ride... He is the last of the giants
Roth...knows no limits, which is part of the fun of reading him
While the other big beasts of his literary generation lost it one by one, Roth has enjoyed a flowering of late form barely seen since Yeats.
Roth is no longer a novelist of comic exuberance, but of thoughtful meditation about life and increasingly death; he is our surviving laureate of lateness. His new work will not detain you long, but it will linger
To mark to release of Blake Bailey's celebrated new biography of the literary giant, here is the perfect primer for anyone interested in delving into the work of Philip Roth, from his breakthrough successes to late career triumphs.
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Philip Roth wrote 31 books over the course of his career. Between them, the books have won prizes, caused controversy, and generally shaken up the landscape of American fiction. But if you’re new to Roth, where do you start? At the beginning, the middle, the end? Six of his biggest fans in publishing share their advice.