Philip Roth's comic genius, his imaginative courage, and his boldness in exploring uncomfortable truths have made him one of the preeminent writers of our time. When Time magazine named Roth America's Best Novelist in 2001, Paul Gray wrote, “Roth is a serious writer who has never been somber in print; his narrative voice is unique, and so is the way he consistently wrings slapstick comedy out of the tics and obsessions of his characters.”
Terrence Doody, professor of English at Rice University, will discuss four of Philip Roth's novels (in this order): Portnoy's Complaint, the number one best-seller of 1969; The Ghost Writer, the first book of the “most ambitious literary series of our time,” according to Ken Gordon of Salon.com; The Human Stain, recognized with the 2000 PEN/Faulkner award for fiction; and The Plot Against America, which won the coveted British W. H. Smith Award for the best book of the year in 2005 and made Roth the first writer in the 46-year history of the prize to win it twice.
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West Side Story: Leonard Bernstein at 100
Two Wednesdays, March 21 and 28, 6:30-8:00 P.M.
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Farming Wonders in Richmond, Texas
Saturday, March 24
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What's on Lisa Falkenberg's Mind
Tuesday, March 27, 6:30-8:00 P.M. | Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion, Hermann Park, 1500 Hermann Drive, 77004
Gorbachev: His Life and Times
Monday, April 16, 6:30-8:00 P.M. | The Junior League, 1811 Briar Oaks Ln, 77027
Co-sponsored with World Affairs Council of Houston
Behind the Pages: A Conversation with William Middleton
Tuesday, April 24, 6:30-8:00 P.M.
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