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Up society's ass, Copper : rereading Philip Roth
Shechner, Mark.
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Publication Information:
Madison : University of Wisconsin Press, [2003]

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xii, 255 pages ; 24 cm

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PS3568.O855 Z89 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The culmination of 30 years of writing about Philip Roth. A collection of essays, reviews, fulminations and daydreams, it combines first impressions with conclusions that have been percolating for decades - the record of a restless reader coming to terms with a turbulent and mercurial writer.

Author Notes

Mark Shechner is professor of English at the State University of New York-Buffalo and was twice a Fulbright lecturer on American literature. He is the regular fiction reviewer for the Buffalo News and is author of several books, including The Conversion of Jews and Other Essays.

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Library Journal Review

Borrowing a line from Philip Roth's Portnoy's Complaint for the title of his book, Shechner (English, SUNY at Buffalo) brings together 30 years of writing about the restless writer. Consisting mostly of reworked essays and reviews covering Roth's work up to his last novella, The Dying Animal, Shechner insists that the book cannot "reflect a single intention" or be "something more integrated, complete, or thematically consistent" because it was written in "bits and pieces" over the course of his career. But this does not make the collection any less pleasurable to read. Whether or not one agrees with Shechner's premise-which actually echoes a line from the retired Mossad agent in Operation Shylock-that "Roth does what he does because he does what he does," breezing through his myriad musings and retractions feels like being a part of a lively graduate seminar. The only drawback is that the book doesn't offer a new historical, psychoanalytical, or feminist perspective. Shechner simply writes about whatever he wants, not limiting himself to writing a critical study about, for example, Philip Roth and the Holocaust. Librarians should also note that parts of this book originally appeared in somewhat different form in the author's two previous titles, After the Revolution: Studies in the Contemporary Jewish-American Imagination and The Conversion of the Jews and Other Essays. A useful addition to most literature collections.-William D. Walsh, Georgia State Univ., Atlanta (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.