Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth

Portnoy's Complaint

Younger readers might have a hard chore imagining the impact the best-selling Portnoy’s had on popular culture in 1969. TV comics and gossip columnists talked incessantly about Roth and his scandalous book, often speculating about the author’s personal life. Surely, so the wisdom ran, Portnoy’s was really autobiographical; how could Roth have created such a vividly persuasive portrait of a man in hilarious turmoil except by actually being that man? Such a narrow conception of fiction and its imaginative resources annoyed and exasperated Roth.

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