The Great American Novel

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On sale Apr 11, 1995 | 416 Pages | 9780679749066
| Grades 9-12 + AP/IB
In this ribald, richly imagined, and wickedly satiric novel, Roth turns baseball's status as national pastime and myth into an occasion for unfettered picaresque farce, replete with heroism and perfidy, ebullient wordplay and a cast of characters that includes the House Un-American Activities Committee.

"Roth invents baseball anew, as pure slapstick.... An awesome performance."--New Republic
© Nancy Crampton
PHILIP ROTH won the Pulitzer Prize for American Pastoral in 1997. In 1998 he received the National Medal of Arts at the White House and in 2002 the highest award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Gold Medal in Fiction. He twice won the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. He won the PEN/Faulkner Award three times. In 2005 The Plot Against America received the Society of American Historians’ Prize for “the outstanding historical novel on an American theme for 2003–2004.” Roth received PEN’s two most prestigious awards: in 2006 the PEN/Nabokov Award and in 2007 the PEN/Bellow Award for achievement in American fiction. In 2011 he received the National Humanities Medal at the White House, and was later named the fourth recipient of the Man Booker International Prize. He died in 2018. View titles by Philip Roth
"Shameless comic extravagance.... Roth gleefully exploits our readiness to let baseball stand for America itself." The New York Times

"Roth invents baseball anew, as pure slapstick.... An awesome performance." The New Republic

"Roth is better than he's ever been before.... The prose is electric." The Atlantic

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In this ribald, richly imagined, and wickedly satiric novel, Roth turns baseball's status as national pastime and myth into an occasion for unfettered picaresque farce, replete with heroism and perfidy, ebullient wordplay and a cast of characters that includes the House Un-American Activities Committee.

"Roth invents baseball anew, as pure slapstick.... An awesome performance."--New Republic

Author

© Nancy Crampton
PHILIP ROTH won the Pulitzer Prize for American Pastoral in 1997. In 1998 he received the National Medal of Arts at the White House and in 2002 the highest award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Gold Medal in Fiction. He twice won the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. He won the PEN/Faulkner Award three times. In 2005 The Plot Against America received the Society of American Historians’ Prize for “the outstanding historical novel on an American theme for 2003–2004.” Roth received PEN’s two most prestigious awards: in 2006 the PEN/Nabokov Award and in 2007 the PEN/Bellow Award for achievement in American fiction. In 2011 he received the National Humanities Medal at the White House, and was later named the fourth recipient of the Man Booker International Prize. He died in 2018. View titles by Philip Roth

Praise

"Shameless comic extravagance.... Roth gleefully exploits our readiness to let baseball stand for America itself." The New York Times

"Roth invents baseball anew, as pure slapstick.... An awesome performance." The New Republic

"Roth is better than he's ever been before.... The prose is electric." The Atlantic

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