Philip Roth was born in 1933 in Newark, New Jersey, the child of first-generation Jewish Americans. He grew up in the Weequahic neighborhood of Newark and attended Weequahic High School, followed by college at Bucknell and graduate studies at the University of Chicago. Earning an M.A. in English literature from Chicago, Roth taught briefly in the university's writing program before going on to teach at the University of Iowa, Princeton and the University of Pennsylvania.

Roth's first book, a novella and short story collection titled Goodbye, Columbus, earned him immediate critical respect, winning the National Book Award in 1960. He then published two novels, Letting Go (1962) and When She Was Good (1967), but
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The Human Stain

  • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
  • By Philip Roth
  • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
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It is 1998, the year in which America is whipped into a frenzy of prurience by the impeachment of a president, and in a small New England town, an aging classics professor, Coleman Silk, is forced to retire when his colleagues decree that he is a racist. The charge is a lie, but the real truth about Silk would have astonished even his most virulent accuser.

RYAN says: "There's a good story in there. Somewhere."