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Philip Roth Reads from Portnoy’s Complaint

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Philip Roth reads from his book, Portnoy’s Complaint (1969). As Martha Saxton wrote in Literary Guild in 1974, it’s the story of “a lust-ridden, mother addicted young Jewish bachelor.”

American Masters explores the life and career of Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning novelist Philip Roth, often referred to as the greatest living American writer. Reclusive and diffident, Roth grants very few interviews, but for the first time, allowed a journalist to spend 10 days interviewing him on camera. The result is Philip Roth: Unmasked, a 90-minute documentary that features Roth freely discussing very intimate aspects of his life and art as he has never done before.


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