Letting Go

Letting Go by Philip Roth

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Letting Go is Roth`s first full-length novel, published just after Goodbye, Columbus, when he was twenty-nine. Set in 1950s Chicago, New York, and Iowa city, Letting Go presents as brilliant a fictional portrait as we have of a mid-century America defined by social and ethical constraints and by moral compulsions conspicuously different from those of today.

Newly discharged from the Korean War army, reeling from his mother`s recent death, freed from old attachments and hungrily seeking others, Gabe Wallach is drawn to Paul Herz, a fellow graduate student in literature, and to Libby, Paul`s moody, intense wife. Gabe`s desire to be connected to the ordered "world of feeling" that he finds in books is first tested vicariously by the anarchy of the Herzes` struggles with responsible adulthood and then by his own eager love affairs. Driven by the desire to live seriously and act generously, Gabe meets an impassable test in the person of Martha Reganhart, a spirited, outspoken, divorced mother of two, a formidable woman who, according to critic James Atlas, is masterfully portrayed with "depth and resonance."

The complex liason between Gabe and Martha and Gabe`s moral enthusiasm for the trials of others are at the heart of this tragically comic work.

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Philip Roth (born 1933 - 05/22/2018) is an American writer, author of more than 25 novels.  Biography Philip Milton Roth was born on March 19, 1933 in Newark, New Jersey. Graduated from Bucknell University in 1954. For three years he taught literature at the University of Chicago, reviewed films and television programs for the New Republic. He first published a collection of novellas and short stories "Goodbye Columbus" in 1959. He was awarded the National Book Prize for him. Roth`s first novel, Spit, came out in 1962. He is also known for the novel "The Case of Portnoy". The bestselling novel Conspiracy Against America describes a country with a pro-fascist regime, planted by the pilot Charles Lindbergh, who defeated Roosevelt in the 1940 elections. Philip Roth is the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize (Conspiracy Against America 2004), the Franz Kafka Prize (2001) and other prestigious literary awards. In recognition of Roth`s literary merits, the authorities of his hometown of Newark named one of the city squares after him. [collapse collapsed title = Bibliography:] Letting go (1962) When She Was Good (1967) Portnoy`s Complaint (1969) The Breast (1972) Great American novel / The Great American Novel (1973) My Life as a Man (1974, Russian translation 2002) The Ghost Writer (1979) Zuckerman Unbound (1981) The Anatomy Lesson (1983) Counterlife (1986) Deception (1990) Operation Shylock (1993) American Pastoral (1997) I Married a Communist (1998) The Human Stain (2000, Russian transl.

2004) The Dying Animal (2001) The Plot Against America (2004, Russian transl.

2008) Everyman (2006, Russian transl.

2008) Ghost disappears / Exit Ghost (2007) [/ collapse]

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Philip Roth (born 1933 - 05/22/2018) is an American writer, author of more than 25 novels.  Biography Philip Milton Roth was born on March 19, 1933 in Newark, New Jersey. Graduated from Bucknell University in 1954. For three years he taught literature at the University of Chicago, reviewed films and television programs for the New Republic. He first published a collection of novellas and short stories "Goodbye Columbus" in 1959. He was awarded the National Book Prize for him. Roth`s first novel, Spit, came out in 1962. He is also known for the novel "The Case of Portnoy". The bestselling novel Conspiracy Against America describes a country with a pro-fascist regime, planted by the pilot Charles Lindbergh, who defeated Roosevelt in the 1940 elections. Philip Roth is the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize (Conspiracy Against America 2004), the Franz Kafka Prize (2001) and other prestigious literary awards. In recognition of Roth`s literary merits, the authorities of his hometown of Newark named one of the city squares after him. [collapse collapsed title = Bibliography:] Letting go (1962) When She Was Good (1967) Portnoy`s Complaint (1969) The Breast (1972) Great American novel / The Great American Novel (1973) My Life as a Man (1974, Russian translation 2002) The Ghost Writer (1979) Zuckerman Unbound (1981) The Anatomy Lesson (1983) Counterlife (1986) Deception (1990) Operation Shylock (1993) American Pastoral (1997) I Married a Communist (1998) The Human Stain (2000, Russian transl. 2004) The Dying Animal (2001) The Plot Against America (2004, Russian transl. 2008) Everyman (2006, Russian transl. 2008) Ghost disappears / Exit Ghost (2007) [/ collapse]