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Reviews

  • Superlative... Bailey's account is definitive and genuinely gripping to boot... He leads us lucidly through a dense palimpsest of overlapping drafts, fictional identities, literary feuds and women.

    Claire Lowdon, Sunday Times
  • Compulsively readable... Beautifully written... It is hard to imagine a book that will come up with a more definitive series of answers than this one.

    Tim Adams, Observer
  • [A] monumental and engrossing book... Bailey brings new information and a fresh perspective... No other biographer will have known Roth so well.

    Elaine Showalter, Times Literary Supplement
  • Bailey's utterly engrossing biography ... shows Roth led a life just as strange and intense as his fictionalised alter egos.

    Tomiwa Owolade, Evening Standard
  • It's a miracle that he has published so lucid a book just three years after Roth's death - and one so packed with good anecdotes and jokes... It's an achievement for Bailey to have gained as much distance as he has.

    Blake Morrison, Guardian
  • Philip Roth, for all his flaws, for all that I know his legacy will continue to be judged in judgmental times and found wanting, deserves this riveting, serious and deeply intelligent biography.

    David Baddiel, Spectator
  • The 19th-century novel lives on. Its name today is Biography; its nature is that of Dostoyevskian magnitude. And Blake Bailey's comprehensive life of Philip Roth - to tell it outright - is a narrative masterwork.'

    Cynthia Ozick, New York Times Book Review
  • Unassailable as to fact... clear-eyed... quickly moving... Philip Roth seems as brightly peopled as a Victorian novel. ... What [Bailey] does superbly... is chart Roth's sexual and emotional life, and map its effects on his work.

    Michael Gorra, New York Review of Books
  • [A] terrific new biography... Bailey handles...difficult passages with real skill.

    Benjamin Markovits, Daily Telegraph
  • A colourful, confident and uncompromising biographical triumph.

    Alexander C Kafka, Independent

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