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In History's Grip: Philip Roth's Newark Trilogy

Michael Kimmage


This book concentrates on the literature of Philip Roth, one of America's greatest writers, and in particular on American Pastoral, I Married a Communist, and The Human Stain. Each of these novels from the 1990s uses Newark, New Jersey, to explore American history and character. Each features a protagonist who grows up in and then leaves Newark, after which he is undone by a historically generated crisis. The city's twentieth-century decline from immigrant metropolis to postindustrial disaster completes the motif of history and its terrifying power over individual destiny. This book is the fir ... More

Keywords: Philip Roth, American Pastoral, I Married a Communist, The Human Stain, Newark, New Jersey, history, protagonist

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Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780804781824
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804781824.001.0001


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Michael Kimmage, author

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