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Author: Blake Bailey Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Recorded Books Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2021 ISBN: 9781705023273
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The renowned biographer’s definitive portrait of a literary titan

Appointed by Philip Roth and granted independence and complete access, Blake Bailey spent years poring over Roth’s personal archive, interviewing his friends, lovers, and colleagues, and engaging Roth himself in breathtakingly candid conversations. The result is an indelible portrait of an American master and of the postwar literary scene.

Bailey shows how Roth emerged from a lower-middle-class Jewish milieu to achieve the heights of literary fame, how his career was nearly derailed by his catastrophic first marriage, and how he championed the work of dissident novelists behind the Iron Curtain.

Bailey examines Roth’s rivalrous friendships with Saul Bellow, John Updike, and William Styron, and reveals the truths of his florid love life, culminating in his almost-twenty-year relationship with actress Claire Bloom, who pilloried Roth in her 1996 memoir, Leaving a Doll’s House.

Tracing Roth’s path from realism to farce to metafiction to the tragic masterpieces of the American Trilogy, Bailey explores Roth’s engagement with nearly every aspect of postwar American culture.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An intimate and impeccably researched book.”

    Washington Post

  • “Brings out Roth in all his wild talent and wicked behavior. This is a brilliant biography, personal but even-handed, that is worthy of its subject.”

  • “A narrative masterpiece, describing a parade of book after book, award after award, lover after lover…Bailey’s prose is unintrusive; yet, what remains is Roth’s life as it was lived and — almost — as it was felt.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • A Washington Post Pick of Best Books of the Month
  • #1 Amazon bestseller
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month
  • A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of the Week
  • New York Times bestseller

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About the Author

Blake Bailey is the author of biographies of Phillip Roth, John Cheever, Richard Yates, and Charles Jackson. He is the recipient of an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Francis Parkman Prize from the Society of American Historians, and a finalist for the Pulitzer and James Tait Black Prizes. His book The Splendid Things We Planned was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Autobiography

About the Narrator

George Guidall, winner of more than eighty AudioFile Earphones Awards, has won three of the prestigious Audie Award for Excellence in Audiobook Narration. In 2014 the Audio Publishers Association presented him with the Special Achievement Award for lifetime achievement/ During his thirty-year recording career he has recorded over 1,700 audiobooks, won multiple awards, been a mentor to many narrators, and shown by example the potential of fine storytelling. His forty-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance off Broadway, and frequent television appearances.