The Work of Philip Roth
with Philip Roth, Janis Bellow, Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, Susan Jacoby, and Claudia Roth Pierpont
Tuesday, November 5, 2013, 7pm
LeFrak Concert Hall
Philip Roth is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the novels Portnoy’s Complaint, My Life as a Man, The Counterlife, Sabbath’s Theater, American Pastoral, The Human Stain, The Plot Against America, and Nemesis.
Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., writing in The New York Observer, has said of the work of Mr. Roth that it is “remarkable in its stringent observation of American life, remarkable in its poignant sense of the contradictions and pathos of human existence, remarkable in its style and in its wisdom.” Cynthia Ozick, writing in Contemporary Literature, has described the work of Mr. Roth as “totally amazing, in language, intellect, plotting, thesis, analysis, reach, daring… A stupendous thing, before which much current fiction will seem diminished, shrunken. He’s now the boldest American writer alive.”
Janis Bellow teaches the work of Philip Roth at Tufts University, and is also the author of the Preface to Collected Stories by Saul Bellow.
Rebecca Newberger Goldstein is the two-time National Jewish Book Award-winning author of the novels The Mind-Body Problem, Properties of Light, and 36 Arguments for the Existence of God, which The Washington Post Book World has described as “a brainy, compassionate, divinely witty novel… You’ve got to place this novel among the very funniest ever written.”
Susan Jacoby is the author of The Age of American Unreason, Alger Hiss and the Battle for History, Freethinkers, and Never Say Die. Marcia Angell has described Ms. Jacoby as “one of our most perceptive public intellectuals.”
Claudia Roth Pierpont is the author of Passionate Minds and, most recently, Roth Unbound: A Writer and His Books, which is forthcoming in the fall. Pauline Kael has said of Ms. Pierpont: “Her quiet intelligence is inspiring…The best literary criticism written by a woman since the days of Virginia Woolf.”
Janis Bellow, Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, Susan Jacoby, and Claudia Roth Pierpont will discuss the work of Philip Roth, and Philip Roth will speak afterwards.
About Queens College Evening Readings
Queens College Evening Readings began over 35 years ago with the goal of creating a community of people who love books, writing, and writers. An exciting array of authors will appear in our 2013-2014 season including Phillip Roth, Colum McCann, Margaret Atwood, Claire Messud, E.L. Doctorow, Norman Rush, and Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott. With interviews conducted by Leonard Lopate, of WNYC, Queens College Evening Readings features lively discussions with critically acclaimed award-winning authors.
About the 2013-2014 Season
Colum McCann-September 24th, 2013
Norman Rush-October 8th, 2013
The Work of Philip Roth-November 5th, 2013
Margaret Atwood-November 12th, 2013
E.L. Doctorow-February 25th, 2014
Claire Messud-March 4th, 2014
Derek Walcott-April 8th, 2014
All Evening Readings events take place on Tuesdays at 7:00 PM in the intimate and acoustically perfect LeFrak Concert Hall at the Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College. Tickets are available in advance by subscription only. Buy the season and save! Our season ticket package offers you a discounted rate of $69 for one person or $109 for two. Season Ticket holders who arrive by 6:30 PM will be seated before the general public. Tickets to individual readings can be purchased for $20.00 at the door at 6:45 PM on the evening of each event. All ticket purchases are non-refundable.
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*Photo credit: Nancy Crampton.