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Title:
Call it sleep
Author:
Roth, Henry.
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Publication Information:
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1991.

©1934
Physical Description:
xx, 462 pages ; 22 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780374118198

9780374522926
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Book

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Summary

When Henry Roth published his debut novel Call It Sleep in 1934, it was greeted with considerable critical acclaim though, in those troubled times, lackluster sales. Only with its paperback publication thirty years later did this novel receive the recognition it deserves-- --and still enjoys. Having sold-to-date millions of copies worldwide," Call It Sleep" is the magnificent story of David Schearl, the " dangerously imaginative" child coming of age in the slums of New York.


Summary

When Henry Roth published "Call It Sleep," his first novel, in 1934, it was greeted with critical acclaim. But in that dark Depression year, books were hard to sell, and the novel quickly dropped out of sight, as did its twenty-eight-year-old author. Only with its paperback publication in 1964 did the novel receive the recognition it deserves. "Call It Sleep "was the first paperback ever to be reviewed on the front page of "The New York Times Book Review," and it proceeded to sell millions of copies both in the United States and around the world.


Author Notes

Henry Roth (1906-1995) was born in the Austro-Hungarian province of Galitzia. He probably landed on Ellis Island in 1909 and began his life in New York on the Lower East Side, in the slums where Call It Sleep is set. He is the author as well of Shifting Landscapes , a collection of essays, and Mercy of a Rude Stream .


Reviews 4

Booklist Review

A lyrical novel, which has become a classic, depicts an immigrant boy's childhood in the slums of New York City, close to his gentle mother, terrorized by the towering rages of his father.


Library Journal Review

Picador is producing a new edition of Roth's classic to coincide with the release of Steven Kellman's biography, Redemption: The Life of Henry Roth (Norton). This edition contains an introduction, an afterword, and textual notes. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Booklist Review

A lyrical novel, which has become a classic, depicts an immigrant boy's childhood in the slums of New York City, close to his gentle mother, terrorized by the towering rages of his father.


Library Journal Review

Picador is producing a new edition of Roth's classic to coincide with the release of Steven Kellman's biography, Redemption: The Life of Henry Roth (Norton). This edition contains an introduction, an afterword, and textual notes. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Alfred Kazin
Introductionp. ix
Prologuep. 9
Book I The Cellarp. 17
Book II The Picturep. 143
Book III The Coalp. 208
Book IV The Railp. 262

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